The Night Of has been tagged as the biggest drama that hit the small screen this year.
The HBO series has premiered on Sunday (July 10) and so far, fans and critics have given their two thums up verdict to the show.
Here are some reasons why you should not miss episode two and the whole eight-part miniseries.
1. The Night Of was first presented to HBO in 2013. The network passed on the project, but eventually changed its mind three months later when its rivals to consider taking the project, USA Today wrote.
2. James Gandolfini had a brief appearance in a 2012 pilot for the series. The actor played the role of lawyer John Stone who defended college student Nasir “Naz” Khan after he was arrested. The “Sopranos” veteran star died unexpectedly while having a vacation n Italy.
3. HBO first choice to replace Gandolfini was Robert DeNiro. The award-winner actor however does not have the time needed to film the series. John Turturro was then cast. Turturro was best known for his comedic role in three “Transformers” movies.
4. British-born Riz Ahmed is playing the lead role as Naz. Ahmed appeared in 2014’s “Nightcrawler” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. He will be seen in the upcoming “Star Wars: Rogue One” and Matt Damon’s “Jason Bourne.”
5. People magazine noted that The Night Of presents a different picture on what is happening inside a jail. The show will present how scary and traumatic live could be inside prison. So, if you are expecting an “Orange is the New Black”-type of prison drama, this one is quite far from it.
6. The dialogues are compelling. This is because Steve Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler’s List) and New York crime author Richard Price (Clockers) wrote the script. Zaillian also directed almost every episode of his first TV project.
7. The series was filmed in an around Manhattan. The Night Of was based on equally hit BBC series “Criminal Justice.”
8. Since “Game of Thrones” season 6 has just concluded, this new HBO series is definitely the best choice to fill your Sunday time slot.
“The Night Of” episode 2, titled “Subtle Beast,” will air on Sundays (July 17) at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Meanwhile, the show will premiere in the UK on Sky Atlantic in autumn.