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    'Guerilla' 2017 miniseries poster

    Showtime’s six-part limited event series Guerrilla premieres on Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. Created by Academy Award winner John Ridley, Guerrilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. The series stars Screen Actors Guild Award winner Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay.

    Guerrilla tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. While the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart Guerilla is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences. Golden Globe winner Idris Elba also stars and serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Additional cast includes Laurence Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear, Nathaniel Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough, Brandon Scott, Zawe Ashton and Nicholas Pinnock.

    Along with Ridley and Elba, the executive producers on Guerrilla are Michael J. McDonald for Stearns Castle, Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden for Fifty Fathoms and Tracy Underwood for ABC Signature. Ridley wrote the majority of the episodes and directs the first two and the finale, with Emmy Award nominee Sam Miller directing the remaining episodes. Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo serves as producer for Fifty Fathoms. Guerrilla is a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, in association with Sky UK.

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    jacob121
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    From that description it sounds like Elba is more of a supporting role, no?

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    Sounds right.  I remember the trailer having a lot more Pinto and Ceesay scenes than Elba.

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    I remember when they were shooting this, but I thought it was going to be a motion picture. Very interested, nonetheless…

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    Riley
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    Matt Roush, TV Guide (3/5 stars): “A strident but affecting drama.”

    Martin Hoyle, Financial Times (3/5 stars): “One gets the feeling that a tough US movie has been slapped on to a period London setting, but it won’t wash. It merely blurs the injustice, brutality and bigotry that existed but with, regrettably, an English flavour all their own.”

    Glenn Garvin, Reason.com (85 on Metacritic): “it’s intelligent, insightful, resonant, well-acted and all that”

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    With this head to reviews im thinking of replacing it in my predictions with BLL. I will wait to see how it does with the rest of the critics and ratings though.

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    http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/guerrilla-review-john-ridley-freida-pinto-idris-elba-1202021909/

    She gave it an 80 on metacritic. At this point, I’m thinking it won’t get a series nomination but I am thinking Pinto will be a major contender.

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    I loved this. It was a poetic tragedy of how peace becomes violence. First of all, this looked like a movie. The cinematography was fucking amazing. Second, Freida Pinto was fucking amazing. Give her the damn Emmy. I am convinced she will be nominated. The show has decent reviews, that all say she is the highlight. It is a showtime event series with Oscar winner John Ridley attached so I feel like they will check it out. They know her from Slumdog Millionaire. And she’s fucking amazing. Babou Ceesay was also very good. I liked Nathaniel Martello-White and Wunmi Mosaku. Idris Elba was on fire as always. The writing was on point. Beautifully crafted. I hope this gets in for cinematography. Great direction by John Ridley. And great writing by John Ridley. I hope this show does well at the Emmys. The show was so powerful and heartbreaking. Hard to watch at times. The scenes where Pinto stuck the stuff up herself were on point. Give her the motherfucking Emmy. Lange is great, but nowhere near Pinto’s level. Also, I’m really pissed off about the contreversey surrounding this show because Pinto’s character isn’t black. The writing was fucking genius and I did not see it coming. Pinto is a fucking badass and Ridley is such an amazing person for creating such a great role. It was so filled with tension and I loved it so much. My Grade: A+

    Also, this might be the best night in TV ever. This, the leftovers premiere, the veep premiere, the white princess premiere, the amazing Girls finale, And episodes of American Crime (which I heard was crazy), Feud, and Billions

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    Dear Emmy voters, please nominate Freida Pinto. Thank you.

    I needed just one episode and she’s already my winner. Sorry Nikki.

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    If Pinto does not get nominated I might have to go all revolutionary like Jas to those Emmy voters tbh. She fucking slays.

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    Yikes! Ratings for this sucked. Worse than Roadies with an 0.06 and only 182 thousand viewers.

    I was hoping the solid reviews, it being amazing, Idris Elba, and it’s topical nature did not cause it to do better. Where was the black audience for this show? I think the controversy (which shouldn’t even be a controversy in my opinion) about Frieda Pinto, an Indian woman, being the lead of a show set in the blackpower movement really alienated a lot of viewers.

    With these ratings and only a 75 on MC, I don’t think it’ll do good at the Emmys. Elba will probably get it, and Pinto will be a dark horse as Willi Ridley for writing and directing. Outside of that, I don’t think it has a chance.

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    Riley
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    Cannot remember the last time that I saw a 0.0 rating. Will we get it next week or later in the run?

    Does anyone have any questions for Freida Pinto? I will be interviewing her at some point.

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    Cannot remember the last time that I saw a 0.0 rating. Will we get it next week or later in the run?

    Does anyone have any questions for Freida Pinto? I will be interviewing her at some point.

    OMG Pinto is so fucking amazing in this your so lucky. Ask her if she can go back in time and be my prom date. JKJK. In all seriousnnes can you ask her questions like what has it been like doing TV instead of film and if she is planning on doing more TV. Also, I would love it if you asked her about her opinion on the stupid controversy about her being the main character of a black power show.People who try to make that a thing are so ignorant ugh. Thanks!!!

    Also, what were your thoughts on the show and do you think this show has any shot with the Emmys

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    Riley
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    Have not seen the show. I have Elba nominated.

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