January 13, 2018 at 2:15 pm #1202466090
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Jeff Daniels is returning to TV, and Hulu has dropped a first look at his next character: the chief of New York’s FBI counterterrorism unit at the center of its highly anticipated 9/11 drama, The Looming Tower.
The powerful trailer opens with a shot of the Twin Towers, followed by John O’Neill (Daniels) staring at a picture of the most wanted man in the world, Osama bin Laden. “What I need you for is to figure out what happens next, so we can stop it,” O’Neill tells a young FBI agent, played by Tahar Rahim.
Based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book of the same name, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s, exploring how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11.
The series follows members of the I-49 squad in New York and the Alec Station in Washington, D.C. — the counterterrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively — as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal of trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil.
The 10-episode drama follows O’Neill, the determined, bullheaded chief who is rightly convinced that the U.S. has been targeted for attack by Al-Qaeda and who faces deliberately insufficient cooperation from other facets of the federal government, particularly from his counterpart at the CIA. The stellar cast also includes Alec Baldwin, Wrenn Schmidt, Bill Camp, Louis Cancelmi, Virginia Kull, Ella Rae Peck, Sullivan Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Peter Sarsgaard.
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.January 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm #1202467297
Incredible cast.January 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm #1202467310
Michael Stuhlbarg is in literally everything. Not complaining, but still.February 25, 2018 at 9:55 am #1202500572
Has a 73 on metacritic. I love the trailer. It looks amazing. I’ve been betting on this for a while. The category is so weak that I think this wins limited series pretty easy. It has prestigious material, a notable cast and crew, “social importance”, decent reviews, and we know Hulu is strong enough to get a win. I can’t wait.February 25, 2018 at 10:10 am #1202500578
Limited Series is American Crime Story (by default), Patrick Melrose (just because nobody has seen it, so it could still be amazing) or Godless (similar reviews as this, but Netflix is a better bet than Hulu).February 25, 2018 at 10:22 am #1202500579
Limited Series is American Crime Story (by default), Patrick Melrose (just because nobody has seen it, so it could still be amazing) or Godless (similar reviews as this, but Netflix is a better bet than Hulu).
Netflix is yet to win drama, comedy, or limited series. Hulu won drama series on its first actual try. The Looming Tower is being released at a solid time, has a great cast and crew, and as much as I hate the fact that it’s a factor, it’s very important.February 25, 2018 at 10:48 am #1202500593
Every Hulu program has gone almost totally unrecognized, except for the one with complete critical support. Netflix actually has a history of making players out of shows with this level of acclaim and this would be the year for a contender of that sort not to be runner-up.
Genius is another that could win, as it is already in that runner-up position and this season could be amazing. Although I do not think that it can really win, I think that The Sinner is definitely getting nominated and that is five, so I do not expect The Looming Tower to be nominated at this time.February 25, 2018 at 12:12 pm #1202500627
American Crime Story could be a default winner because of lack of competition. I agree with @hunter-ish that The Looming Tower has the potential to be a big player in the limited series categories. Hulu is already in the game, they’ll probably go bigger this year with campaigning. The thing is, I don’t have a lot of faith in The Sinner, Godless and Genius. I didn’t like The Sinner, but Jessica Biel would be a justified nominee in the deserted limited series categories. I don’t think Godless has buzz, but it probably has better chance, maybe even for writing and directing. NatGeo could surprise again like last year, but from what I’ve seen in the trailer, Banderas looks not so good.February 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm #1202500663
What about the Tupac and Biggie show? Or Trust?February 25, 2018 at 2:45 pm #1202500670
Metacritic scores the first three reviews for the former as 75, 62 and 60. FX keeps calling the latter a drama and classifying it as such. The first three episodes are still embargoed, but if Trust does move over to the limited categories, I will predict Donald Sutherland, but not the show itself or supporting actress Hilary Swank.March 3, 2018 at 3:50 am #1202504595
The first three episodes are stellar. The entire ensemble is fantastic, but Jeff Daniels is in full FYC mode in every scene. WHEW. Give it all the emmys!March 6, 2018 at 12:21 am #1202508078
I really liked the first episode. The show feels a lot like early Homeland, which is definitely its intent. I can’t wait to watch more.March 6, 2018 at 3:43 am #1202508120
The first three episodes are stellar. The entire ensemble is fantastic, but Jeff Daniels is in full FYC mode in every scene. WHEW. Give it all the emmys!
I mean, he’s yelled a few times, but hardly anything Emmy worthy.
I think Bill Camp’s performance in episode 3 was good though.
Even though it’s a true story it feels very derivative of Homeland, and it’s good but nothing special. I personally don’t consider anything I’ve seen Emmy worthy thus far. We’ll see how it develops.
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