HBO's 'Chernobyl' is now the top-ranked TV show of all time

Angelo Anderson
June 12, 2019

Via The Washington Post, THR reports that a Russian company is in post-production on a similar series that "implicates the United States as playing a role in the disaster".

THR also reports that while some local viewers in Russian Federation "criticized Chernobyl for inaccuracies and overall failure to catch the spirit of the Soviet regime's final years", it was well received on Russia's local analog of IMDb, KinoPoisk, with an average rating of 9.1.

However, the Moscow Times has reported a number of Russian media organisations are furious at the portrayal of the event, and that the state-backed TV channel NTV is filming its own version.

"If Anglo-Saxons film something about Russians", Anatoly Vasserman, an "ultra pro-Soviet columnist", according to Shepelin, wrote in response, "it definitely will not correspond to the truth". But here's the twist, it centers a conspiracy of how American CIA agents sabotaged operations during the nuclear disaster. However, there's a rather large entity that isn't a fan of the miniseries: the Russian government.

HBO's harrowing drama series Chernobyl became the highest-rated series ever on IMDb this week, with nearly universal praise coming from critics too.

Russian TV is offering its own, patriotic, take on the 1986 Chernobyl disaster - one that features a heroic effort to thwart an American spy who has infiltrated the doomed nuke plant.

So much so, the country has decided to make its own Chernobyl-inspired series, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Thursday. The series follows a group of KGB officials working to track down the infiltrator. "The fact that an American, not a Russian, TV channel tells us about our own heroes is a source of shame that the pro-Kremlin media apparently can not live down", writes the Times' Ilya Shepelin.

HBO Home Entertainment will release "Chernobyl" on digital on June 24, which will include the companion bonus content piece "Pivotal Moment - The Trial" in which the show's climactic trial scene is discussed in interviews with Renck, Mazin, Watson and Harris.

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