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A co-production of HBO and BBC Worldwide, The Night Of is being promoted as a "limited series". So, though there are only eight episodes in the first season, it could return for a second season (like the UK series it's based on, Criminal Justice). Will it be renewed or cancelled? Stay tuned.The Night Of delves into the intricate story of a murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial. Castmembers include Afton Williamson, Amara Karan, Ashley Thomas, Ben Shenkman, Bill Camp, Chip Zien, Glenn Fleshler, Glenne Headly, Jeannie Berlin, John Turturro, Max Casella, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ned Eisenberg, Paul Sparks, Paulo Costanzo, Payman Maadi, Poorna Jagannathan, Riz Ahmed, and Sofia Black-d'Elia.Read More… »
Picking up where we left off in Rikers, Nas (Riz Ahmed) is still dealing with his new surroundings and everything we know about jail. His response to the question “Do you fear for your life?” was pretty sad. Not knowing whether you should be scared, then getting back “good luck to you” isn’t very reassuring. An ocean of new scenarios washes over his face.
Detective Box’s (Bill Camp) talk with the arresting officers was information we already know. We know that Nas doesn’t look anything like the two hardened men Box points to as an example. And, we know that most jurors aren’t going to give them the same amount of doubt as they would Nas. During the press conference, Nas' heritage is brought up just enough to broach the question of any ties to "organizations." Well, if that doesn't do a good job of casting doubt, »
- Tyler Richardson
The HBO crime drama’s second episode reveals the truth will not set you free.
In the second installment of HBO’s crime drama The Night Of, “Subtle Beast”, suspected murdered Nasir “Naz” Khan (Riz Ahmed) is trapped and has nowhere to go. This episode goes past the streets and courtrooms on The Wire and Law & Order to delve deep into the dark trenches of the American prison system and what it’s like to be stuck inside it. The show paints a harrowingly realistic picture of the criminal experience through the eyes of a young brown man.
We open on the morning after the night of and Naz is still being held at the station for possession of a deadly weapon. He hasn’t been charged of any crimes yet but already he feels helpless and desperate for someone to believe that he is telling the truth. But as Stone (John Turturro) explains to him, it »
- Paola Mardo
.They are all going to suffer the consequences of that night..
*** Slight spoilers ahead, but nothing that should take away from your viewing entertainment***
Picking up where we left off, Nas (Riz Ahmed) is still replaying the events of his night that have landed him in a cell. The police officers have given their statements of the arrest that lead to the discovery of the knife, and Nas is anxious to tell his side of the story. Jack Stone (John Tuturro) doesn’t care what the truth is, and would prefer to not to hear it until he has to. He wants to be “flexible” and after watching Detective Box (Bill Camp) work, we get an understanding for why.
- Tyler Richardson
“The Night Of,” HBO’s summer crime drama, is based on the British series “Criminal Justice.” Here TheWrap takes a look at the major characters who populate the story. Spoiler alert! Don’t read on if you haven’t yet seen the show. Also Read: 'The Night Of': HBO Buys Real Subway Ads for Show's Fake Lawyer (Photo) Naz/Riz Ahmed Nasir “Naz” Khan is a shy, tentative Pakistani-American who attends college in New York. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would wind up accused of extreme violence. Salim and Safar Khan/Peyman Moaadi »
- Scott Collins
HBO’s “The Night Of” begins with an after-school special come to life: A college kid trying to get to a party sneaks out in his dad’s cab and ends up, just hours later, in jail charged with murder. A pretty girl is dead, and the kid has her literal blood on his hands.
For the entire first episode, “The Beach,” the audience watches the night slowly unfold from the perspective of Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed) — a wide-eyed boy so seemingly innocent that he feels like a child entrusted to the viewer’s protection. Naz, as he likes to be called, is feeble with girls, sheltered by his parents, ignored by most of his classmates. It makes the sense of portent hanging over the first episode nearly unbearable. As a funny situation goes south from weird to complicated to outright bad, Naz retains that essential vulnerable sweetness, that innocence that shouts that it must be protected »
- Sonia Saraiya
There's his name about a minute into the opening credits of The Night Of: James Gandolfini. That Gandolfini, who died three years ago, is still listed as an executive producer on the new HBO miniseries speaks to the deal he signed way back when he was going to co-star in the project (in a role now played by John Turturro), and to his role as one of the people championing it through development. It also evokes images of a time when HBO owned the Prestige TV game outright, benevolently renting space out to would-be challengers because its position was so strong. That was a long time ago, before the rise of Netflix and all the other Peak TV players, and before HBO skidded into its current rough patch. Executives keep leaving abruptly. Recent dramas have either failed outright (the expensive, star-laden Vinyl got unrenewed last month), imploded quickly (True »
- Alan Sepinwall
Steven Zaillian, who co-created The Night Of TV show on HBO with Richard Price, talks about making the crime series. The late James Gandolfini was originally cast as Attorney Jack Stone. John Tuturro was ultimately cast in the role. In the following interview, the film-maker also discusses how the creative team approached this limited-event series as if they were making a film. The Night Of premieres Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt on HBO.Speaking of the drama, Zaillian says, "It’s a crime story, a police story, a legal story, a corrections story. You make a story about all that, tell it honestly, and it will naturally be a social story." The Night Of TV series cast also includes: Riz Ahmed, Poorna Jagannathan, Syam M. Lafi, David Chen, »
The Night Of is arriving early. Today, HBO announced they are releasing the first part of their upcoming new series two weeks ahead of its TV debut.
From Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, the mini-series explores the political, social, and cultural aspects of a New York City murder case. The cast includes John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, and Poorna Jagannathan.
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Here comes the night. The Night Of TV series premieres on HBO Sunday, July 10, 2016 at from 9:00 to 10:30pm Et/Pt. The eight-part HBO limited series stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed. Created by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, The Night Of explores a New York City murder case fraught with cultural and political complications. HBO says The Night Of examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial.
The Night Of TV series cast also includes: Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Glenne Headly, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-d’Elia, Paul Sparks, Ben Shenkman, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo, Ned Eisenberg, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ashley Thomas, Glenn Fleshler, and Chip Zien.Read More… »
The Night Of Trailers HBO‘s The Night Of (2016) TV show trailers stars Poorna Jagannathan, Syam M. Lafi, John Turturro, David Chen, and Amara Karan. The Night Of‘s plot synopsis: “After a night of partying with a female stranger, [Nasir Khan] wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.” […] »
- Rollo Tomasi
Last week, we dove into the recent troubles HBO has been having, but let's be clear: when all the cylinders are firing, they still have some of the best programming around. This summer, they're unveiling a limited series that looks like it could be a knockout. Screenwriter and director Steve Zaillian ("Moneyball," "Gangs Of New York," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") has gone behind the camera for "The Night Of" starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, directing seven of the show's eight episodes (James Marsh of "The Theory Of Everything" fame, has helmed one episode). The exact plot details remain under wraps, but the drama will detail the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes. Co-starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Glenne Headly, Amara »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite the various troubles at the network which have seen HBO struggling in the past year or two, when they put their minds to it they can still produce some of the best television around.
Today they've released the first trailer for "The Night Of," the network's attempts at those dark, gloomy, ultra serious season-long crime mystery drama serials that have been a staple of British and Scandinavian TV in recent years.
Created by "Moneyball" and Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" screenwriter Steve Zaillian, the eight episode project stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed about a police investigation along with the legal proceedings and nasty purgatory that is Rikers Island where accused await trial. Zaillian helms all but one of the episodes, the last being tackled by "The Theory Of Everything" helmer James Marsh.
- Garth Franklin
The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.
The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.
The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon, »
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Two-time Golden Globe nominee Brooke Shields has signed on to join Sterling Jerins (“The Conjuring”) in Beth Lamure’s indie drama “Daisy Winters,” TheWrap has learned. A co-production between Daisy Force Pictures and Me Jane Productions, “Daisy Winters” follows an 11-year-old girl’s unconventional yet deeply loving relationship with her mother, and what happens when their bond is broken. Along Daisy’s courageous journey, including her quest to discover her father, she learns how to embrace every moment with determination and an unrelenting belief in herself. Emmy winner Carrie Preston co-stars in the film alongside Paul Blackthorne, Iwan Rheon, Suzy Nakamura, »
- Jeff Sneider
Pitched as an eight-part series, the ensemble drama has been collecting dust on the shelf since the actor’s tragic passing three years ago. There have been some fleeting signs of life, though, particularly when Robert De Niro flirted with the idea of replacing Gandolfini, before backing out of Criminal Justice six months later.
In his steed, John Turturro will take point for HBO’s procedural drama, and the actor is one of the few stars that have remained attached to the project over the years – Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan are among that nuclear cast. But during the creative overhaul, the network has beefed up the show’s ensemble quite considerably, enlisting the likes of Michael K. Williams, »
- Michael Briers
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