October 7, 2019 at 11:44 am #1203126127
Jeff Daniels is James Comey and Gleeson is Trump in a 4-part miniseries based on the former’s book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” Sounds like its for CBS but could go to Shotime or All Access.
I’m pretty over Trump interpretations and think we should wait a few years and then tell stories about this administration with retrospective so as to better understand the impact but nonetheless, I’m sure this will be a ratings hit.
October 7, 2019 at 12:29 pm #1203126183
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I agree with the retrospective angle. Too much real-world Trump to contend with currently. I can’t handle an additional dramatisation. Talented cast, though.October 23, 2019 at 1:21 pm #1203149543
Cast updates: Peter Coyote is Robert Mueller and Holly Hunter is Sally YatesNovember 15, 2019 at 8:33 pm #1203181551
CBS Studios’ James Comey Series Casts Its Obama
The WrapNovember 15, 2019, 3:52 PM CST
The James Comey miniseries has cast Kingsley Ben-Adir to play former president Barack Obama, a spokesperson for CBS Studios confirmed to TheWrap.
The series also set Brian d’Arcy James (“Spotlight”) to play former FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano; Steve Zissis (“Togetherness”) will to play former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker, and Shawn Doyle (“House of Cards”) will play the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap.
Ben-Adir’s previous roles include series like “Peaky Blinders” and “The OA,” as well as in the Disney+ film “Noelle” with Anna Kendrick. He will next be seen in alongside Zoe Kravitz in “High Fidelity.”September 23, 2020 at 4:41 pm #1203730899
Starts out on Metacritic at 54 with 8 reviews. Dud.September 23, 2020 at 7:27 pm #1203731063
As soon as I saw the trailer, I knew this show was never going to work. No one could possibly ever take this story seriously. Especially when Trump is the biggest joke on planet Earth.
FYC Oscars: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), Mark Rylance (Trial of the Chicago 7), Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Soul (Best Picture, Best Animated Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay)
FYC Golden Globes (TV): Ted Lasso (Best Comedy Series), Jason Sudekis (Best Actor in a Comedy Series), Hannah Waddingham (Best Supporting Actress), The Boys (Best Drama Series), Anthony Starr (Best Actor in a Drama Series)October 2, 2020 at 5:20 pm #1203754175
Finally decided to watch the series. It’s faithful to the events leading up to the 2016 election and the first few months of the new administration. I think something like this would have had more perspective in later years when genuine insights could have been given about all the craziness that occurred and a more nuanced take on its leading figures. It’s very “this happened, then this happened, and then that happened,” so if you don’t like that sort of political wonkiness verging on docudrama reenactment, then this limited series won’t be for you. Jeff Daniels was doing his usual stoic Jeff Daniels kind of thing that I’ve seen from him before. Since he looks or sounds nothing like James Comey, it wasn’t always easy to get into the character work he was doing. Billy Ray’s script wanted to have it both ways with Comey’s patriotic virtue in the FBI and equal level of hubris given airtime, but it never felt quite balanced. This is all based on Comey’s memoir where he served as consultant, so it’s clear what side the audience is supposed to land on with the man’s legacy. The female characters were severely shortchanged, particularly Jennifer Ehle as Comey’s thankless Hillary-supporting wife, and Holly Hunter as Comey’s immediate boss, DAG Sally Yates. Scoot McNairy had a fairly useless and incongruent framing device through both parts as Rod Rosenstein. He deserved much better. I’ve seen his brilliance in “True Detective” where he should have been Emmy-nominated. Many fine supporting actors were given little to do, like Jonathan Banks, Steven Pasquale, Michael Kelly, Peter Coyote (a fairly convincing Robert Mueller, but only in one, brief sequence), William Sadler, T.R. Knight, and Kingsley Ben-Adir (who looks way to young to portray Obama convincingly).
That leaves Brendan Gleeson as Trump. His full face isn’t even seen until Part 2, which was an interesting directorial choice (archival footage was used for Hillary). It’s jarring to see Gleeson at first with his presence always looming, but beyond the intense makeup and ear prosthetics, he gave a fairly “grounded” version of Trump, and far more than the real man deserves. His voice work was excellent. I’m glad Gleeson could separate this from the caricature that Baldwin does on “SNL.” The centerpiece of the entire limited series is the “loyalty dinner” sequence, which was almost a ballet of sorts between Comey and Trump that was a striking showcase for both actors to sink their teeth into. Beyond that, I didn’t get much more from this than what I already knew historically, and my overall view of Comey hasn’t changed any in light of this rehabilitation tour of sorts of the memoir and series. I don’t expect the Emmys to remember this much at all next year beyond maybe Daniels and Gleeson as name-checks. It’s all just too recent and raw, but if this serves as any sort of reminder to voters that elections actually matter, especially next month’s presidential election, then creating this had its real purpose.October 2, 2020 at 5:21 pm #1203754177
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