A historical drama depicting the events of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986, the five-part miniseries Chernobyl is set to premiere on Monday, May 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The four subsequent episodes will be the following Mondays at the same time, concluding on June 3.
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Chernobyl is a five-part miniseries that dramatizes the story of the infamous 1986 nuclear accident, which is regarded as one of the worst man-made disasters in human history.
Here’s a look at the official trailer:
The series stars Emmy-nominee Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men, Fringe), Oscar-nominee Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie, Breaking the Waves) and Stellan Skarsgard (Breaking the Waves, The Hunt for Red October, Good Will Hunting). It’s written and executive produced by Craig Mazin (The Hunstman: Winter’s War, The Hangover Part II and III) and directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad), while several other big names, such as Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones) and Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch) are listed as executive producers.
Each part of the miniseries focuses on a different element of the disaster.
“This was all intentional in part because I wanted to keep showing people different aspects and facets of this very complicated event, and I never wanted anyone to feel comfortable,” Mazin said.” This show doesn’t really lean on any sense of what I call soap opera. It’s not about that. It really is about taking these very broad and very different looks at this event which was, at times, horrifying but also kind of inspiring. It is a political thriller. It’s a horror movie. It’s a scientific inquiry. It’s a courtroom drama. It’s pretty much everything and that’s because that’s kind of how it worked out in real life.”
Early reviews have been Chernobyl are overwhelmingly positive. On the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, it has received it has received a perfect 100 percent positive rating score on 21 reviews. On Metacritic, it has received an average score of 83, which suggests “universal acclaim.”
“Chernobyl is a thorough historical analysis, a gruesome disaster epic replete with oozing blisters and the ominous rattle of Geiger counters, and a mostly riveting drama,” writes The Atlantic’s Sophie Gilbert.
Adds Reason.com’s Glenn Garvin: “Producer and screenwriter Craig Mazin’s remarkable script doesn’t go quite that far in terms of either chronology or political implication. But it’s a chillingly powerful mosaic of the catastrophe, from its technical origins in pathological Soviet secrecy to the exorbitant toll it continued to exact on innocent people all over the country long after the reactor was contained.”
HBO’s plan to move more original scripted programming to Monday nights is beginning with Chernobyl, and if the early reviews are any indication, it looks like that plan is going to get off to a wildly successful start.
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