TV - Watchmen

With the show due to debut later this month, we now know a little more about the first six episodes of HBO's Watchmen...

Press Release

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN, debuts on  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th on HBO in the US and a day later on 21st on Sky Atlantic in the UK. From executive producer Damon Lindelof, the show embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Watchmen reunites Lindelof with Regina King, who also starred in The Leftovers, an HBO series co-created by Lindelof. King leads the Watchmen cast as Angela Abar, who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons as the Lord of a Country Estate; Don Johnson as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.

Here's what's coming up:

Episode 1: “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” - Written by Damon Lindelof; directed by Nicole Kassell.

In an alternate America where police conceal their identities behind masks to protect themselves from a terrorist organization, Detective Angela Abar (Regina King) investigates the attempted murder of a fellow officer under the guidance of her friend and Chief, Judd Crawford (Don Johnson). Meanwhile, the Lord of a Country Estate (Jeremy Irons) receives an anniversary gift from his loyal servants.

Episode 2: “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship” - Written by Damon Lindelof & Nick Cuse; directed by Nicole Kassell.

As Angela relives haunting memories of an attack on her family, she detains a mysterious man (Lou Gossett Jr.) who claims responsibility for Tulsa’s most recent murder. Elsewhere, an original play is performed for an audience of one.

Episode 3: “ She Was Killed by Space Junk” - Written by Damon Lindelof & Lila Byock; directed by Stephen Williams.

Following a late-night visit from the senator who authored Masked Policing Legislation in Oklahoma, FBI agent Laurie Blake (Jean Smart) heads to Tulsa to take over the recent murder investigation. The Lord of The Manor receives a harshly worded letter and responds accordingly.

Episode 4: “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own” - Written by Damon Lindelof & Christal Henry; directed by Andrij Parekh.

Reclusive trillionaire Lady Trieu (Hong Chau) finally enters the stage with a mysterious offer. With Blake (Jean Smart) getting closer to the truth of her coverup, Angela (Regina King) enlists Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) for help. Meanwhile, The Lord (Jeremy Irons) trains two new servants.

Episode 5: “Little Fear of Lightning” - Written by Damon Lindelof & Carly Wray; directed by Steph Green.

The origin story of Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) is at last revealed, as is the truth behind the greatest hoax in American history. Far away, The Smartest Man In The World (Jeremy Irons) plots a daring escape.

Episode 6: “This Extraordinary Being” - Written by Damon Lindelof & Cord Jefferson; directed by Stephen Williams.

Deep under the influence of Nostalgia, Angela (Regina King) gets a firsthand account of her grandfather’s journey.

Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof; executive producer/director, Nicole Kassell; executive producer, Tom Spezialy; executive producer/director, Stephen Williams; executive producer, Joseph Iberti. Based on the iconic graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.

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