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TV - Jul 6, 2016

Series Premiere: The Night Of

Could HBO’s intoxicating new legal drama be the new True Detective?
Innocent or guilty: Riz Ahmed finds himself at the centre of a bewildering murder investigation.

The Night Of

Premieres Sunday, July 10, 2016, on HBO Canada (Channel 302), HBO Canada On Demand (Channel 311) and

If you loved the ominous noir style and complex, contemplative storytelling of True Detective, then HBO’s haunting new murder mystery The Night Of could be right down your dark alley. As with True Detective, The Night Of is a mesmerizing slow-burner that unfolds ambiguously in its own sweet time over the course of eight episodes.

It’s the story of a young man accused of a murder he has no recollection of committing. In the nightmare that follows, he finds himself banished to New York’s Rikers Island prison and embroiled in legal proceedings with a lawyer (John Turturro) who has bitten off more than he can chew.

In the lead role is English actor/rapper Riz Ahmed (The Road to Guantanamo), who also stars in the upcoming Jason Bourne (in cinemas July 29) and the first of the Star Wars anthology series, Rogue One (in cinemas December 16).

It’s based on the excellent BAFTA-winning BBC drama series Criminal Justice from screenwriter and former barrister Peter Moffat (whose other successful legal dramas we recommend include North Square, Silk and Undercover).

The U.S. adaptation also boasts a high-calibre pedigree; it was co-created by Academy Award-winning Schindler’s List screenwriter Steve Zaillian (who directs several episodes) and novelist/screenwriter Richard Price, who worked on The Wire.

It was Sopranos star James Gandolfini who got the ball rolling back in 2013. Gandolfini was in the process of greenlighting an American adaptation of Criminal Justice not long before his death. Thankfully, HBO took up the mantle and Gandolfini’s passion project finally sees the light of day on Sunday, July 10.

  • Broadcaster: HBO Canada

  • Broadcast premiere: July 10, 2016

  • Regular timeslot: Sundays at 9 p.m. ET

  • Number of episodes: Eight

  • On demand at: HBO Canada On Demand (Channel 311) and online at