In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s epic World War II drama series band of Brothers, HBO will launch a brand new 12-part podcast that will examine every episode of what is considered one of the greatest mini-series of a generation, and it starts on exactly the same date as 2001 special guest Tom Hanks. The series premiered with The double Oscar winner has long been known as a historian of world events, when the world went to war. Hanks will discuss the series with host Roger Bennett when it premieres on September 9.
“Anyone seeing this for the first time would be saying, well, take away the festive amount of nostalgia, it’s a test of the human condition” says Tom Hanks NS band of Brothers mini-series. “What do you think? What will you do?”
The opening episodes arrive next week as a double-header, with a prologue and a “grunt” first episode co-written by Hanks. Ron Livingston also appears on the Qurahi podcast as it focuses on the story of the division’s “Easy” company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The series will release new episodes weekly, and will feature more cast members included in the series, such as Arabs Lead Damian Lewis.
In addition to discussions with those involved in the production of the series, the podcast will take a deep dive into the creative process that went behind the scenes to bring to life the horrors of war and the camaraderie of “Band of Brothers.” A way that led the series to continue to be seen as one of the best war based series of all time. Host Roger Bennett told the podcast something that had to be done, because the series itself made such an impact on him when he first saw it.
“band of Brothers was such an important show to me”, said Bennett time limit. “Like thousands, I see it ritualistically every year. The face of an America I grew up believing in. Everyday heroism, selflessness and global leadership.”
Of course, the timing of the series coincided with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, making it a reminder of what was already lost in the war all those years ago, as the world headed for a war of a different kind, but similar. With risks, the same loss of life and the same overall result of many lives being changed forever. However, while those attacks are still fresh in the memory of many, now twenty years later, many memories of World War II and the sacrifices made by those who fought have been lost over time, something that Bennett noted.
“In June 2020, there were approximately 300,000 World War II veterans still alive,” Bennett said. “By June 2021, that number had dropped to just 100,000. Those who were the youngest are now in their late nineties. In fact, only one man from Easy Company, Colonel Edward Shams, is alive now. 99. When you read those numbers it becomes clear why the story of Band of Brothers becomes more important as the years go by. These remarkable men are no longer alive to testify and tell their stories. It is not easy to imagine what would happen if his narrative faded into our national consciousness”.
Subject: HBO Max