GOOD BE­HAV­IOR

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What: 10-part thriller about an ex-con forced to make a deal with a hit man, star­ring Michelle Dock­ery and Juan Diego Botto.

When: Pre­mieres at 9 p.m. to­day.

Where: TNT. he needs a cover, but per­haps there is some­thing more.

“I think Letty finds it hard to sort of ex­ist as nor­mal peo­ple do. I think she finds she gets bored very, very eas­ily, and the dress­ing up part of it and be­com­ing an­other char­ac­ter within the char­ac­ter is also the ad­dic­tion,” says the 34-year-old. “It’s the high, you know, fol­low­ing peo­ple and be­ing some­one else to es­cape the pain of who she who she re­ally is.” “Down­ton Abbey” ended its run early this year in Amer­ica. Dock­ery was on tour in De­cem­ber pro­mot­ing the se­ries in the States, when she got the call to be by the bed­side of her fi­ancé John Di­neen, a pub­li­cist who had been di­ag­nosed with a fare form of can­cer ear­lier in the year. He died shortly after, and Dock­ery has cred­ited be­ing able to throw her­self into the role in help­ing her get over her grief.

“‘Down­ton’ was com­ing to an end, and this script came to me, and I fell in love with the char­ac­ter and the story,” she says. “I was very for­tu­nate that some­thing so dif­fer­ent from what I had been do­ing for the last six years came my way.”

The ac­tress calls “Good Be­hav­ior” a “po­etic noir ... as much as it’s dark, it can be very light.”

Showrun­ner Chad Hodge notes the 10-episode “Good Be­hav­ior” is “a fast-paced emo­tional jour­ney” that takes place over six weeks. At heart of the show is the com­pli­cated and dan­ger­ous re­la­tion­ship be­tween Letty and Javier, whose mo­ti­va­tion is a bit hazy. How much is she a cap­tive or com­plicit.

“Javier’s big­gest con­tra­dic­tion is that, other than what he does for a liv­ing, he’s try­ing to be a good guy,” says the Ar­gen­tine ac­tor Botto. “He has a very strong moral code and tries to abide by it. That con­tra­dic­tion is fas­ci­nat­ing to play. For an ac­tor, that’s a dream.”

Dock­ery sees it as a “messed-up love story.”

“They rec­og­nize so much in one an­other,” says the ac­tress. “In some ways, it’s like a meet­ing of minds be­cause they are so sim­i­lar in many ways.”

Con­tact Rob Low­man at rlow­man@scng.com or @RobLow­man1 on Twit­ter.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF TNT

Juan Diego Botto and Michelle Dock­ery in “Good Be­hav­ior” air­ing on TNT.

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