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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 5, 2022
Damian and several Band of Brothers reunited on Saturday, December 3, 2022 for alt-rock band Pilots’ music gig at The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden. Nick Aaron who played Robert E. “Popeye” Wynn is lead vocals and Alex Sabga-Brady who played Francis J. Mellett plays drums. In addition to our Captain Winters in the audience, other Brothers in attendance were Robin Laing who played Edward J. “Babe” Heffron, Tim Matthews who played Alex M. Penkala Jr., Pete McCabe who played Donald B. Hoobler and Christian Black who played Walter Hendrix. Black also provides photography for the band. From what we hear, it was a crackin’ night!
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A Boon for British Actors and Industry Professionals
by Walter Roberts | Slash Film | November 20, 2022
Over the years, Brits have proven to be especially sensitive when matters concern representations of their history, such as the country’s place in the world wars. And in 2001, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ co-produced HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” struck quite a nerve. After spending up to £15 million on UK broadcasting rights for the show, the BBC faced criticism for investing in a story that puts American soldiers at the center of the final World War II counteroffensive against Germany’s armed forces.
But this may not be a fair way to look at things. As a show filmed entirely in the UK, “Band of Brothers” was a boon for British actors and industry professionals alike.
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Best of the Best: Band of Brothers
by Alan Sepinwall | Rolling Stone | September 26, 2022
HOW DO YOU identify the very best series in a medium that’s been commercially available since the end of World War II? Especially when that medium has experienced more radical change in the nine years between the finales of Breaking Bad and its prequel, Better Call Saul, than it did in the 60-odd years separating Walter White from Milton Berle? The current Peak TV era is delivering us 500-plus scripted shows per year, many of them breaking boundaries in terms of how stories are told and who’s doing the telling. So, we decided to update our list of television’s all-time best offerings, originally compiled in 2016.
Once again, we reached out to TV stars, creators, and critics — from multihyphenates like Natasha Lyonne, Ben Stiller, and Pamela Adlon to actors like Jon Hamm and Lizzy Caplan as well as the minds behind shows like The X-Files, Party Down, and Jane the Virgin — to sort through television’s vast and complicated history (see the full list of voters here). Giving no restrictions on era or genre, we ended up with an eclectic list where the wholesome children’s television institution Sesame Street finished one spot ahead of foulmouthed Western Deadwood, while Eisenhower-era juggernaut I Love Lucy wound up sandwiched in between two shows, Lost and Arrested Development, that debuted during George W. Bush’s first term.
Many favorites returned, and the top show retained its crown. But voters couldn’t resist many standouts of the past few years, including a tragicomedy with a guinea-pig-themed café, an unpredictable comedy set in the world of hip-hop, and a racially charged adaptation of an unadaptable comic book. It’s a hell of a list.
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by Hilton Dresden | Hollywood Reporter | June 11, 2022
For Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, 1998’s Saving Private Ryan marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration focused on World War II epics. After that film won five Oscars, they teamed up on a wartime drama for the small screen. It would be HBO’s “most expensive miniseries,” with a budget in the realm of $120 million, THR reported.
Band of Brothers, a 13-hour dramatization of Stephen Ambrose’s best-seller, followed a brigade of World War II soldiers known as “The Easy Company,” a regiment within the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Each episode opened with audio testimony from a real veteran of the brigade before focusing on a member of the ensemble cast as they prepared for war and entered the field. David Schwimmer, at the height of his Friends fame, was joined by a group of relative newcomers including Damian Lewis in the central role of Lt. Winters, Scott Grimes, Matthew Leitch, Ron Livingston and Michael Fassbender. (Hanks served as executive producer with Spielberg and directed the fifth of the 10 episodes, but did not have a speaking role.)
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Band of Brothers
by Kallie Atkins | ScreenRant | April 15, 2022
From shows like Game Of Thrones to Euphoria, HBO has a plethora of wildly successful series under its belt. Let’s look at their IMDb ratings!
With plenty of exciting shows set to premiere in 2022, including The Staircase and former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat’s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife, HBO is hoping to continue its trend of successful TV series. From popular series like Sex And The City to Euphoria to Game Of Thrones, HBO already has plenty of impressive series under its belt.
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Destruction of Son Bridge: The Battle Prior to Episode 4 ‘Replacements’
by Emily Clute | ScreenRant | March 21, 2022
HBO’s miniseries Band of Brothers told the true story of Easy Company and their time in WWII. However, one battle was left out of the series.
HBO’s 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers is heralded for providing a glimpse into the horrors of World War II — but despite being based on the true story of Easy Company, the miniseries tweaks history for the sake of the story, and ultimately leaves out some of the struggles that Easy Company faced during the war. Historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s book, Band of Brothers, was brought to life in 2001 by Hollywood legends Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, drawing on inspiration from the real-life members of Easy Company themselves. Despite working off of first-hand accounts, however, there are pieces of the story that were ultimately details left out of Band of Brothers. Here is the battle that was left out of Band of Brothers, explained.
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Potential Release Date, Cast and Plot
by Harsha | Nilsen Report | February 16, 2022
Are the rumours about Masters Of The Air (Band Of Brothers third sequel) true? Can we expect the third season any time soon? Well, come along, let’s try and figure out what the scenario is like!
Masters Of The Air: When’s it Releasing?
Rumours about Masters Of The Air have been in the air for several years now. However, the production team or the makers of the show haven’t come up with any official announcements or updates as to when the show is going to hit the screens. It is for sure that it will premiere on Apple TV+. But when we do not know. The director asserted in an interview that the show has been in development for many years now. Due to one reason or another, it could not happen. Even as of now, no official affirmation has been provided. Considering how awesome the first two parts of the series were, the third sequel is much awaited! The makers have confirmed that there will be a renewal. So, it’s for certain that Masters Of The Air is happening! Apple TV+ revealed that its filming and production began in March 2021 (with a production cost of around $200 million). If we were to anticipate the release date of Masters Of The Air, it would be either by the end of 2022 or later in 2023. Given the Covid situation, the postponement is inevitable.
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by Angela Underwood | Stacker via MSN | January 5, 2022
TV is a numbers game in more ways than one. Creating intricate sets, using new visual effects, and paying famous actors make television an expensive enterprise. Some of the biggest numbers in show budgets are on actors’ paychecks: In the 1990s, well-known stars like Kelsey Grammer were getting $1.6 million for each episode while Jennifer Aniston and her five “Friends” raked in up to $1 million per episode. In the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” several of its stars made $500,000 per episode, revealing paying talent top dollar has not changed.
“Band of Brothers” was among the first big-budget shows not on major network television when it began its run on HBO in the late 1990s with an almost unheard of budget of $12 million per episode. Having Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg attached to the project pushed HBO into funding it. The network has since spent even more on making shows like “The Pacific” and “Game of Thrones.”
To find out the 25 most expensive TV series of all time, Stacker conducted independent research via news reports and entertainment outlets and ranked the shows by budget. Ties were not broken when shows shared the same budget. Read on to discover which shows cross the $10 million-per-episode budget threshold—and which takes the cake, with a budget of a whopping $21.7 million per episode.
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A Bit of Wartime
by Pat Fitzpatrick | Irish Examiner | December 17, 2021
Christmas TV isn’t what it used to be. There’s still some good stuff lined up for the run into 2022, I’ll get into that next week.
But this week it’s Top 5 Binge-Worthy shows, in case you feel the need to escape from Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas.
5: Band of Brothers, Sky and Now TV
If your partner makes you sit through all of Downton guys, she owes you a bit of wartime. And there is no better binging than this 10-part World War II gem which first introduced Damian Lewis to the world.