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The week in TV: Chernobyl; Line of Duty; Sex on Trial and more

Jared Harris and Emily Watson excelled in Chernobyl, a slow-burn unfolding of horrors, while Jed Mercurio fumbled the ending of Line of Duty

Chernobyl Sky Atlantic

Line of Duty BBC One | iPlayer

Sex on Trial Channel 4 | All 4

Victoria ITV | ITV Hub

Trust Me BBC One | iPlayer

For a week in TV that arguably relied too heavily on the power of abbreviations – Az-5, AC‑12 – my oh my, it was a breathless belter of a one. Az-5 was, as you would come to appreciate if you dared immerse yourself in the true horrors of Chernobyl – and I would fiercely urge that you do so – the safety cut-off button employed in 1986 at Chernobyl and its “nuclear city”, Pripyat. And Az-5 didn’t work. So egregiously did it not work that pressing the button, in fact, blew up the reactor core.
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TV tonight: an electrifying drama about the devastation at Chernobyl

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Jared Harris and Emily Watson star in a show about nuclear disaster that is a surefire hit. Plus: the finale of medical whodunnit Trust Me

Dance fans have always known that choreographer Akram Khan harbours a keen intellect, and this week we see his philosophical side come to the fore in an episode that sheds light on sociopolitical issues. “Individual movement can ultimately become a social movement,” he explains. Enjoy watching him expand on his theories, illustrating them with stunning physical examples, especially choreographer Pedro Machado’s pioneering work in the fields of disability diversity and the genius of New York luminary Bill T Jones. Mike Bradley
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‘Chernobyl’: HBO Series Never Hides From History’s Physical and Psychological Horror

Thirty three years ago, after an explosion at a nearby power plant, the city of Pripyat in (what is now) Ukraine was evacuated.

As part of the preparation for the new HBO series “Chernobyl,” writer Craig Mazin visited the abandoned city, just one step in the process of trying to ensure that the five-episode show captured the full scope of the now-infamous disaster.

“Our guides, essentially, were two guys that were teenagers at the time [of the explosion]. You get a real sense of it,” Mazin told IndieWire. “The story we’re telling is a Soviet story. It’s a story of the Soviet system, which was terrible. And it is a story of the Soviet citizenry who were the subject of awful visitations by Czars and revolutions and Nazis and Stalin and forced famine, and then Chernobyl. So I wanted to honor that by telling it from the point of view of them.
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‘Chernobyl’ Review: Revisiting Russia’s Nuclear Disaster as a Season in Hell

In the early morning hours of April 26th, 1986, just outside the Northern Ukraine city of Pripyat, something went wrong at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Thanks to a simulated power-failure exercise, human incompetence, design flaws and an inability to stop the domino effect as things began to spiral out of control, one of the reactors exploded. The region quickly became dangerously contaminated. Plant directors immediately began to downplay the problem. Meanwhile, scientists were picking up insanely high levels of radiation some 400 km away. It would take over a week to
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of May 6, 2019: ‘Veep’ Series Finale, ‘Chernobyl’ Debuts

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Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Veep” airs its final episode on HBO, and “Empire” season 3 comes to a close on Fox.

Chernobyl,” HBO, Monday, 9 p.m.

Check out the premiere episode of the miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster. “Chernobyl,” which stars Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard, aims to look at the event everyone knows about from a human perspective.

Empire,” Fox, Wednesday

Tune in for the season 3 finale of “Empire.” The show has been blighted by the Jussie Smollett saga this season, but through it all, “Empire” was recently renewed for sixth outing.

“Klepper,” Comedy Central, Thursday, 10:30 p.m.

After stints as a correspondant on “The Daily Show
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‘Chernobyl’ Exec Producer Jane Featherstone On ‘Vast’ & ‘Compelling’ HBO Drama Plus Opportunities & Challenges Of British Drama

Jane Featherstone, exec producer of HBO’s Chernobyl, has lifted the lid on producing the “vast” and “compelling” period drama and how the series fits into her rapidly growing Sister Pictures.

The Broadchurch and Humans producer had only just recently set up her own indie when she received a call from Kary Antholis, who was HBO miniseries chief at the time, asking her to check out an outline from The Huntsman: Winter’s War’s Craig Mazin.

“I took a look at the pitch and I thought it was one of the most fascinating, compelling and brilliant outlines I had ever read and I called Kary back within 24 hours and said ‘yes please, I love this.’ I then flew out to meet Craig and Carolyn [Strauss] and we became a triumvirate of passion and hope [for the show],” she told Deadline.

Chernobyl tells the story of the 1986 nuclear accident in the Soviet Union and stars Jared Harris,
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What You Need to Know About the Chernobyl Disaster Before HBO's Miniseries Comes Out

Decades after the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, HBO gives an in-depth look at the accident in a five-part miniseries that stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, and Emily Watson. The chilling trailer looks as though it's a horror movie, but it's really based on a true story of a full-blown international crisis. The disaster is considered the worst nuclear plant disaster in human history, triggering harrowing health and economic effects. Before you watch the new show, here's what you need to know about the background and consequences of the tragic event.

Where was Chernobyl?

The Chernobyl plant was located around 60 miles away from Kiev near the small town of Pripyat in Ukraine. During the time of the nuclear disaster, Ukraine had still been part of the Soviet Union. Originally established in the '70s to accommodate plant workers, the now-abandoned Pripyat had a population of between 40,000 to 50,000 inhabitants.
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Listen: ‘Chernobyl’ Ep Craig Mazin on Making a ‘Non-Traditional’ Disaster Show

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Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, senior features editor Danielle Turchiano talks with Craig Mazin, executive producer of HBO’s “Chernobyl,” which premieres May 6.

The five-part miniseries is a dramatization of the nuclear disaster that took place just outside the titular Ukrainian town in 1986, and the far-reaching aftermath of the event.

Mazin, who created and wrote the show, says he deliberately set out to stage the explosion at the very beginning, without a “drumroll please” moment, in order to get at the human side of the tragedy.

“To me, the explosion is actually the least interesting thing that happened,” Mazin says. “I wanted it to occur right away and in an odd way, sort of quasi-silently, because everything in this show is from the perspectives of human beings and we will eventually get to the place at the very end of the story
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This week’s best home entertainment: from Line of Duty to Taskmaster

Jed Mercurio’s Omg-a-thon signs off, while Greg Davies returns with another abundance of agreeably aimless assignments

Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård star in this clammily well-realised account of one of the Soviet Union’s darkest episodes: the 1986 explosion of the No 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear facility. It’s a sordid saga of cover-ups and blame-passing, but heroes do emerge, from the firefighters to the doomed workers in the plant itself.

Tuesday 7 May, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
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Best TV to See in May: ‘Deadwood,’ ‘Archer: 1999,’ Wu-Tang Doc

Best TV to See in May: ‘Deadwood,’ ‘Archer: 1999,’ Wu-Tang Doc
Yes, we’re all going to be busy saying goodbye to Game of Thrones this month. But May will also bring us an older HBO classic that’s back for a long-delayed proper wrap-up. (How we’ve missed you, Al Swearengen.) Meanwhile, the greatest athlete of the 20th century gets an essential two-part doc — and the Wu-Tang get a four-parter! — while Archer has one last parody-scenario up its sleeve and Jordan Klepper gets another shot at Comedy Central. Here’s what you need to set your DVR for over the next 30 days.
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May TV Premieres: 14 New Shows to Look Out for This Month

May TV Premieres: 14 New Shows to Look Out for This Month
Congratulations! We made it through the first third of 2019. Now, like a garden born from the ashes left by a fire-breathing beast flying through an arbitrarily placed cloud, there are plenty of new shows looking to take their share of TV headlines.

Per tradition, we’ve collected some of the more notable series premieres for the month of May, stretching across cable, broadcast, and streaming. A good number listed below are also limited series, set to close out before we get too far into summer, so enjoy them while you can.

(We do this roundup of new shows pretty much every month — if you missed any of those previous picks, here are some notable TV premieres from February, March, and April.)

The Spanish Princess

After a pair of previous limited series rooted in 15th century Tudor history, this latest Starz outing looks at Catherine of Aragon and the union between two empires.
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What You Need to Know About the Chernobyl Disaster Before HBO's Miniseries Comes Out

Decades after the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, HBO gives an in-depth look at the accident in a five-part miniseries that stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, and Emily Watson. The chilling trailer looks as though it's a horror movie, but it's really based on a true story of a full-blown international crisis. The disaster is considered the worst nuclear plant disaster in human history, triggering harrowing health and economic effects. Before you watch the new show, here's what you need to know about the background and consequences of the tragic event.

Where was Chernobyl?

The Chernobyl plant was located around 60 miles away from Kiev near the small town of Pripyat in Ukraine. During the time of the nuclear disaster, Ukraine had still been part of the Soviet Union. Originally established in the '70s to accommodate plant workers, the now-abandoned Pripyat had a population of between 40,000 to 50,000 inhabitants.
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TV Review: HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’

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It makes perfect sense that “Chernobyl” feels more like a horror movie at times than a traditional drama. Tracing the catastrophe events before, during, and after the nuclear explosion that continues to send radioactive ripples throughout Europe to this day, the HBO’s new limited series is, in fact, recounting one of the modern era’s most devastating, human horrors, and the series doesn’t shy away from showing it as just that. To its credit, this iteration of the story — or more accurately, the many interlocking stories of the meltdown and its aftershocks — leans into the horror of it all rather than blinking away, as so many tried to do when it happened in real life. Rather than bursting into shocking twists, writer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck build a steadily creeping unease, allowing the scale of the atrocity to sink in with terrible, fitting gravity.

Mazin undertook
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‘Chernobyl’ Review: HBO’s Riveting Limited Series Is a Jarring Appraisal of Human Nature

‘Chernobyl’ Review: HBO’s Riveting Limited Series Is a Jarring Appraisal of Human Nature
To say Craig Mazin and Johan Renck “dramatize the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made disasters in history” — as the HBO synopsis does — is both perfectly on point and significantly underselling the spectacular limited series. The writer and director, respectively, have crafted an engrossing story out of our tragic history, moving with affecting precision through the sacrifices, decisions, and confusion surrounding a catastrophe no one expected or knew how to contain. And yet, much like the horrific fallout experienced first-hand in the Soviet Ukraine, you really have to see “Chernobyl” to appreciate its impact.

Everything you need to know about “Chernobyl” happens in the first scene. Well after the explosion at Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant, Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) sits at his kitchen table recording his testimony — not only of the repair efforts he witnessed, but the evidence built around who’s responsible for the accident’s appalling body count.
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New Featurette for HBO's Chernobyl Focuses on the Huge Scale of the Production

Having had a fascination with the history of the horrific Chernobyl nuclear meltdown disaster, I’m looking forward to this new Chernobyl series being produced by HBO.

Today we have a featurette for the five-part miniseries to share with you that focuses on the massive scale of the production. As you’ll see, the creative team went all out to tell this story. They details they put into bringing it to life it pretty incredible. The video also dives deeper into the story.

On April 26th, 1986, there was an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and that explosion caused the release of radioactive material across Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl dramatizes this story of “one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.”

The series will deal with
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Emmys 2019 exclusive: HBO categories for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Sharp Objects’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for HBO. For this season, the premium network has returning champs “Game of Thrones”, “Barry” (Bill Hader), “Veep” (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), newcomers “Gentleman Jack” (Suranne Jones) and “Succession” (Brian Cox), plus limited series “Chernobyl” (Jared Harris), “Sharp Objects” (Amy Adams) and “True Detective” (Mahershala Ali) as part of their 2019 campaign.

Below, the list of HBO lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama, TV movies and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

SEECarmen Ejogo Interview: ‘True Detective

“Ballers”

Comedy Series

Comedy Actor – Dwayne Johnson

Comedy Supporting Actress – Joy Bryant, Brittany S. Hall

Comedy Supporting Actor – Russell Brand, London Brown, Donovan W. Carter, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Omar Miller,
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Tribeca TV 2019 Celebrates 30 Years of The Simpsons & Bids Farewell to Mr Robot

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The 18th Tribeca Film Festival will host big screen world premieres of major new small screen shows such as The Boys, Chernobyl, Tuca & Bertie and The Hot Zone. There will also be a special Tribeca Talks Farewell Conversation with the cast and creator of Mr. Robot and the creative team behind The Simpsons will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the longest-running animated series in television history.

James Kleinmann takes a look at some of the TV highlights at this year’s Tribeca, for the full lineup and to purchase tickets head to the official Tribeca website.

The Simpsons – 30th Anniversary The Simpsons – 30th Anniversary. Image courtesy of Fox

Following a screening of the episodes Marge vs the Monorail and The Day the Earth Stood Cool, the creative team behind The Simpsons will celebrate the show’s incredible thirty year run, and counting. Executive producers James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean and Matt Selman,
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‘Chernobyl’: HBO Will Release Weekly Podcast Companion to Limited Series

It makes sense that a story as enduring and wide-reaching as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster can’t be contained to a single medium. On Thursday HBO, the network behind the upcoming limited series “Chernobyl,” announced that it will be releasing a podcast to accompany the TV show’s weekly installments.

“The Chernobyl Podcast” will be co-hosted by a pair of podcast veterans: series creator Craig Mazin and “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” host (and unwitting ill-advised sequel generator) Peter Sagal. Mazin currently serves alongside fellow screenwriter John August as the ongoing co-host of the ScriptNotes podcast.

Thursday’s announcement explained that this new audio venture will take “an in-depth look at adapting the true stories that shaped the scenes, characters and themes depicted in the miniseries.”

New episodes of the podcast will be available wherever podcasts can be found following the airing of each episode of the television series.
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Merritt Wever, “Godless

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: No actress has ever won this category more than twice — Jane Alexander (“Playing for Time” and “Warm Springs”), Judy Davis (“Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story” and “The Starter Wife”), Colleen Dewhurst (“Between Two Women” and “Those She Left Behind”), and Mare Winningham (“Amber Waves” and “George Wallace”) are the only actresses to win twice for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie, and Regina King (“American Crime”) is the only actress to win two trophies consecutively.

Fun Fact: The Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie race has been somewhat immune to the streaming and premium cable dominance seen in other Emmy categories. Over the last five years, winners have come from broadcast, basic cable, premium cable, and streaming. If you expand the timeframe to this decade, two additional networks are represented,
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'Ray & Liz' wins best European debut in Vilnius

The Lithuanian festival also lauded Zsófia Szilágyi’s debut ‘One Day’.

UK filmmaker Richard Billingham’s autobiographical feature Ray & Liz was named best film of the European Debut Competition at the 24th edition of the Vilnius International Film Festival (Viff) in Lithuania on April 7.

Billingham’s feature debut - which is being handled internationally by Luxbox - had its world premiere at last year’s Locarno Film Festival and has since picked up top awards at festivals ranging from Thessaloniki and Seville to Luxembourg and Batumi.

The best director award was presented to Hungary’s Zsófia Szilágyi for her debut
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