HBO’s new limited series, The Plot Against America, debuts on 17 March at 9am, broadcasting at the same time as the US, HBO Asia have announced. Following that, new episodes premiere every Tuesday at the same time.
Based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name, The Plot Against America imagines an alternate American history during World War II, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism.
No, that doesn’t remind us of anything in the real world at all.
Created by frequent collaborators David Simon and Ed Burns (HBO’s “The Wire” and “Generation Kill”), the series stars stars Zoe Kazan (HBO’s “The Deuce”), Morgan Spector (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and the upcoming “The Gilded Age”), Winona Ryder (HBO’s “Show Me a Hero”), John Turturro (HBO’s “The Night Of”), Anthony Boyle (Broadway’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”), Azhy Robertson (“Marriage Story”) and Caleb Malis (“Blood Widow”).
“As one of our greatest novelists, Philip Roth was generally more known for narratives that went directly to the human heart and the human condition,” said Simon, who was able to meet with Roth once to discuss the project before the novelist’s death in 2018.
“But with ‘Plot,’ he delivered an emotionally moving political tract about our country taking a dry run at totalitarianism and intolerance. That it was published in 2004 makes it no less prescient a document at this moment in time. Roth was warning us that it can happen here. And it can.”
The Plot Against America preimeres Tuesday, 17 March at 9am on HBO GO and HBO.