Blood and Treasure is an American television series, an action-adventure drama created by Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman. The show premiered on May 21, 2019, and was broadcast on CBS.
Both Scaia and Federman served as executive producers and writers, alongside Taylor Elmore, Marc Webb, Ben Silverman, and Mark Vlasic.
The series revolves around a brilliant antiquities expert and a renowned art thief who join forces to confront a ruthless terrorist financing himself through the sale of stolen treasures. As they traverse the globe in pursuit of the villain, they unwittingly find themselves entangled in an ancient struggle for the cradle of civilization that has spanned more than two millennia.
The cast of Blood and Treasure includes:
- Matt Barr as Danny McNamara, a former FBI agent and art recovery specialist.
- Sofia Pernas as Lexi Vaziri, a skilled thief and con artist with ties to the secret society called the Brotherhood of Serapis.
- James Callis as Simon Hardwick, an international smuggler seeking to uncover the secrets of the Brotherhood.
- Katia Winter as Gwen Karlsson, an Interpol agent investigating the Farouk Case.
- Michael James Shaw as Aiden Shaw, an international arms dealer connected to Farouk.
- Oded Fehr as Karim Farouk, an Egyptian terrorist leader presumed dead but still active.
- Alicia Coppola as Dr. Ana Castillo, Danny’s mentor and an expert on Cleopatra.
- Mark Gagliardi as Father Chuck, Danny’s longtime friend and a priest at the Vatican.
- John Larroquette as Jay Reece, a billionaire overseeing efforts to stop Farouk and reveal Castillo’s secrets.
- Antonio Cupo as Captain Bruno Fabi, a Carabinieri officer and secret Brotherhood member.
- Tony Nash as Omar, Farouk’s right-hand man.
- Ali Hassan as Taj bin Yusef, who assumes control of Farouk’s operations.
- Anna Silk as Roarke, a former black-ops agent hired to hunt Danny and Lexi in secret.
- Paget Brewster as Sister Lisa, a new character set to appear in Season 2.
The series is produced by CBS Television Studios and filming took place in various locations, including Canada, Turin, Rome, Venice, Italy, Tangier, and Marrakesh.
Blood and Treasure was renewed for a second season by CBS in June 2019. However, due to delays caused by the quarantine period, the release date was pushed to 2021. The show has received positive reviews, with critics likening it to a mix of The Mummy, Indiana Jones, and Tomb Raider, praising its sharp writing and chemistry between the lead characters.
Fans can watch the series on CBS or stream it on platforms like CBS All Access, Amazon, Disney+, and Netflix. The second season is expected to continue the intriguing storyline from the first season, with a focus on the return of the Queen and new threats to the main characters. However, an official premiere date and trailer for Season 2 have yet to be announced by the production company.