“The Night Of”: Thumbs Up

THR gushes: ‘This atmospheric HBO crime drama from Steven Zaillian and Richard Price boasts a strong opener and a deep ensemble cast. John Turturro is probably the biggest name appearing in HBO’s new limited series “The Night of,” while British actor Riz Ahmed plays the drama’s central figure, but the dark, lurching, spirit-crushing star, both protagonist and antagonist, is the American criminal justice system. It takes some moxie to tackle an entire institutional infrastructure and make gripping television, especially to do so on a network where David Simon has made a critically adored cottage industry of such storytelling, but Richard Price and Steven Zaillian don’t lack for ambition, mostly realized.’ The program premieres this Sunday.

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