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Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Could The Looming Tower return for a second season?
"I don’t know. If we did, it would be very different," showrunner Dan Futterman says of his Hulu series that went in-depth into how the September 11 attacks happened. "Because this story so clearly ends. And so while we’ve kind of talked in general terms about it, no decision has been made."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 1:19PM EDT
Hulu's The Looming Tower tried to strike a sensitive tone in portraying the 9/11 attacks
"We didn't want to hit people over the head with it," showrunner Dan Futterman says of last night's series finale, titled "9/11." "People generally know what this show is about." Futterman, who co-wrote the episode, adds: "You have to go with your gut and not everyone had the same gut feeling."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Hulu's The Looming Tower plays out like a procedural, as if it's Law & Order: Bin Laden Unit
The 9/11 miniseries is engaging enough, with a few "wow" moments," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "Even though the 9/11 Commission’s 2004 hearings are employed as a framing device here, usually in a misguided way that kills any momentum the production can generate, The Looming Tower glosses over the behind-the-scenes ideological disagreements that the hearings dredged up — exchanges that might’ve explained the justifications behind the attacks, as well as the U.S. government’s inability to protect against them. Instead, we get a procedural about hard-charging, egotistical men (and they are mostly men, unavoidably) at loggerheads over the best course of action."
- The Looming Tower is shockingly, disconcertingly bad -- an abject, comprehensive failure
- It is a crisp, quickly paced and essentially ordinary crime procedural, with a surprising amount of fictionalization
- One of the most striking things about The Looming Tower is its seeming indifference to al-Qaida itself
- The Looming Tower is most affecting as a portrait of America in the 1990s
- Every moment of The Looming Tower looms, and looms heavily
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Watch The Looming Tower trailer: Jeff Daniels and Alec Baldwin star in Hulu’s 9/11 limited series
Based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name, The Looming Tower explores the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s, and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA may have left the U.S. vulnerable for the 9/11 attack.