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Band of Brothers Showrunner Erik Jendresen Reflects on Series 20 Years On

“There are two lines I would change.”

by Paul Tanter | RadioTimes | December 10, 2021

Twenty years on from Band of Brothers landing on our screens, Erik Jendresen talks to Paul Tanter about the legacy of the ground-breaking miniseries.

Few TV series are justly acclaimed as a masterpiece. Even fewer retain that accolade 20 years later. HBO’s Band of Brothers’ recent 20th anniversary reminds us that it is still one of the crowning achievements of televisual storytelling.

The miniseries portrayed the real stories of the soldiers of Easy Company, part of the 101st Airborne Regiment that parachuted into France on D-Day and spent the war fighting not only for their lives but to liberate Europe and defeat the horrors of the Third Reich. It cost a then record-breaking $125 million dollars for just 10 episodes, ushering in an era of prestige TV that is now taken for granted amongst giant streamers with deep pockets.

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Roger Bennett Talks About Band of Brothers Podcast and Interviewing Damian Lewis

Roger Bennett Talks His New Podcast Band Of Brothers on HBO Max

by Rashad Grove | Forbes | September 16, 2021

20 years ago, HBO debuted Band of Brothers which would become one of the most acclaimed miniseries in television history. Created by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “honors an America which saved the world with selflessness, courage and everyday heroism” during World War II.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, HBO Max premiered a 12-part podcast hosted by noted journalist Roger Bennett which explores themes of the series with highly-researched interviews with cast members who give insight about the series that have never been heard before.

I caught up with Roger and we spoke about the cultural impact of the show, why chronicling the stories of World War II veterans is an important task, and connecting with members of the cast.

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Band of Brothers Podcast Episodes Here

Podcast Episodes

by HBO Max | YouTube | September 10, 2021

Hosted by Roger Bennett, HBO’s Official Band of Brothers 12-part Podcast retraces Easy Company’s journey from Normandy to the Eagle’s Nest, episode by episode, with insight from its biggest stars, including Tom Hanks, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, and Donnie Wahlberg. The podcast celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most iconic miniseries in television history.  Listen to the Band of Brothers podcast here, which is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other major platforms. Or, listen to the episodes here. We will post each episode as it is released. Here is the prologue and episode 1 so far:

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Real Band of Brothers 20 Years On

Rare Footage of Easy Company Veterans: European Reunion Tour 2005

by Normandy Institute & Genesis Publications | YouTube | September 9, 2021

20 years ago today, September 9, 2001, the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers aired its first two episodes. Presented by the Normandy Institute and Genesis Publications, a short film of the 2005 Easy Company European Reunion Tour was released on September 9, 2021 on the Normandy Institute YouTube channel:

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“They Cried Themselves to Sleep”: How Spielberg Put Band of Brothers Cast Through Hell

The Cast Thought They’d Struck Gold Until They Realized Spielberg Wanted Them to Go Full ‘Method’

by Tom Nicholson | The Telegraph | September 9, 2021

Damian Lewis takes aim in the award-winning series, Band of Brothers. CREDIT: Alamy

Damian Lewis shrieked into a pillow and sobbed. It was 8am. Thinking he’d nailed his final audition with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks for Band of Brothers’ hero Major Dick Winters, the actor had gone out to celebrate and collapsed into bed at 5am. Now it turned out that Spielberg and Hanks wanted another chat – and he was in no shape to face them.

“The biggest meeting of my life, and I’ve blown it,” he wrote in a diary soon after (an excerpt of which he published on his website in 2018). “I’ve had three hours’ sleep and I’m still drunk. By midday, I’ve had three cold showers, five coffees and stubbed my toe a lot. I walk into the office sweating heavily and shaking.”

Fortunately, Spielberg had seen Lewis in Hamlet on Broadway, playing Laertes. The actor clung to this scrap until Spielberg and Hanks began to peel away. “Steven’s off to watch his kid play soccer,” Lewis later wrote. “I want to tell him it’s called ‘football’. Probably not the best time, though. Tom has to go to buy a Christmas tree with his daughter. They leave.”

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Band of Brothers Court Martial Scene

That One Scene

by James Clark | Task & Purpose | September 9, 2021

There’s a lot of bullshit in the military and it comes in many forms and for many reasons. There are ass chewings over uniform regulations, bloused boots, cuffed sleeves, shaved faces and hair length, as well as strongly worded reprimands for failing to show up 15 minutes early to formation. Oftentimes that’s all there is to it. You take the verbal hits and move on. But there is always — always — that little voice in the back of your head that dares you, double dog dares you, to take it higher up the chain of command.

For anyone who’s watched HBO’s 2001 hit World War II series Band of Brothers, it did happen — not just on screen, but in real life. In the very first episode of the series, then 1st Lt. Richard “Dick” Winters (played by Damian Lewis) is given the option to accept his punishment for a minor infraction or to request a trial by court-martial. Winters chooses the latter and signs the paperwork as his commanding officer, Capt. Herbert Sobel, played by a very sour-looking David Schwimmer, stares at him in stunned silence.

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Introducing the Band of Brothers Podcast

HBO’s Official Band of Brothers Podcast

by Band of Brothers Podcast | HBO Max and YouTube | September 2, 2021

Hosted by Roger Bennett, HBO’s Official Band of Brothers Podcast retraces Easy Company’s journey from Normandy to the Eagle’s Nest, episode by episode, with insight from its biggest stars, including Tom Hanks, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, and Donnie Wahlberg. The podcast celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most iconic miniseries in television history – a show that honors an America which saved the world with selflessness, courage and everyday heroism. This 12-part podcast series will explore these themes via emotionally-rich, highly-researched interviews with individual cast members, revisiting the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning epic.

Band of Brothers can be seen right now on HBO Max if you want to experience it again before the podcast debuts on September 9. Stream Band of Brothers and listen to the podcast on here, which is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other major platforms.

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Band of Brothers Premiered at Hollywood Bowl 20 Years Ago

Twenty Year Anniversary

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 29, 2021

Twenty years ago today, Band of Brothers premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 29, 2001. Here is Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough arriving at the event.

Band of Brothers continues to be remembered as a remarkably accurate portrayal of a US parachute infantry company in the European Theater during the Second World War. Damian played U.S. Army Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries. Currahee!

View more photos of the premiere below, and visit this link here to see all photo albums related to Band of Brothers.

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Band of Brothers 20 Year Anniversary

Chalke Valley History Festival 

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 16, 2021

To mark Band of Brothers 20 year anniversary, History Hit WW2 podcast brought back Chalke Valley History Festival’s brilliant talk with Damian Lewis here or click on the player below. Twenty years after it first aired, Band of Brothers continues to be remembered as a remarkably accurate portrayal of a US parachute infantry company in the European Theater during the Second World War. Damian Lewis is an English actor and producer who played U.S. Army Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. At the Chalke Valley History Festival in 2016, he discussed the making of this series, portraying a soldier in the Second World War and meeting the veterans.

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Watch Band of Brothers For Thanksgiving – Nov 26, 2020

Series Airs on History Channel

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 26, 2020

The History Channel US will be airing the Band of Brothers series on Friday, November 27, 2020 beginning at 7:00 a.m. CST / 8:00 a.m. EST.  Be sure to check your local listing. Currahee!

Visit History Channel website to view schedule of episodes here.

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Every HBO Miniseries Ranked – Nov 25, 2020

Band of Brothers

by Noel Murray and Scott Tobias  | Vulture | November 25, 2020

Some of the network’s best, most daring work has come in the form of a limited series.

As HBO miniseries started developing in the mid-’80s and early ’90s, the “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO” tagline would not have applied. With a notable exception of Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau’s Tanner ’88, early efforts like The Far Pavilions and All the Rivers Run — the latter unavailable for us to include — had the scope of a typical two-night network event, with little of the ambition and artistry (and premium-cable pruriency) that would come to define the network. Even some of the more lauded, award-winning benchmarks from the mid-2000s, like the star-packed Richard Russo adaptation Empire Falls or the lavishly appointed historical drama Elizabeth I, hadn’t evolved past a more traditional model.

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Hang Tough Documentary Narrated by Damian Lewis Available

The Real Dick Winters: The Man Who Led the Band of Brothers

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 31, 2019

Dick Winters: Hang Tough is the story of the building and dedication of the Richard D. Winters Leadership monument in Normandy, France in June of 2012. The film focuses on the leader of World War II’s Band of Brothers. Narrated by 2012 Emmy Award-winner Damian Lewis, who played Dick Winters in HBO’s Band of Brothers, and available for FREE streaming at wwiifoundation.org here, on Amazon Prime Video or for DVD purchase here.