Tuesday, July 25, 2017

National Geographic Announces Premiere Dates for Limited Series 'The Long Road Home' and 'The State'

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, National Geographic has announced premiere dates for its upcoming limited series The Long Road Home and The State.

The 8-episode season of The Long Road Home will premiere on Tuesday, November 7 at 9/8c.

Based on Martha Raddatz's novel of the same name, the series will relive a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War when the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas was ferociously ambushed on April 4, 2004 in Sadr City, Baghdad - a day that came to be known in military annals as "Black Sunday." The series will cut between the soldiers on the ground and the homefront in Texas where their wives and families await news for 48 hellish hours, expecting the worst. The incident changed the American military's view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents.

The cast includes Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Noel Fisher, Jon Beavers, E.J. Bonilla, Jorge Diaz, Ian Quinlan, Darius Homayoun, Roland Buck and Patrick Schwarzenegger. 

Mikko Alanne developed the series. He executive produces with Mike Medavoy, Jason Clark, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn.

The four-part drama The State will air across two nights - Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19.

The series centers on Jalal as he follows in his brother's footsteps and travels to Raqqa, Syria to fight for Islamic State, alongside his best friend, Ziyad. It also follows the journey of Shakira, a doctor and single mother who wants to help ISIS, and idealistic teenager Ushna, who leaves for Syria after being radicalized online.

The cast includes Sam Otto, Ryan McKen, Ony Uhiara and Shavani Seth.

Peter Kosminsky created the series. He executive produces with Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier. Archery Pictures produces. The series will air on Channel 4 in the U.K. and go out on National Geographic internationally.