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September 27, 2020

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T2 WHATS UP! September 27 - October 3, 2020 BY KYLA BREWER TV Media A s Nov. 3 looms on the horizon, the U.S. presi- dential election cam- paign is in full swing. No matter which way you intend to vote, chances are that you have been inundated with news stories and all manner of politi- cal theories about the candi- dates and their parties. With only weeks to go before the big day, a new miniseries explores events surrounding the previous presidential election from the perspective of a key player. Emmy winner Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom") returns to television as FBI Director James Comey in the four-hour minise- ries "The Comey Rule," pre- miering Sunday, Sept. 27, and concluding Monday, Sept. 28, on Showtime. Based on Comey's bestselling book "A Higher Loy- alty," the production details re- cent historical events from Comey's perspective, including the FBI's Russia investigation and Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email controver- sy. The miniseries depicts the relationship between Comey and President Donald Trump (Brendan Gleeson, "Mr. Mer- cedes") and Comey's eventual dismissal from his post as the head of the FBI. Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace") also stars. "The Comey Rule" was writ- ten and directed by Oscar-nomi- nee Billy Ray ("Captain Phil- lips," 2013) and was filmed in To- ronto, Canada, beginning in No- vember 2019. Initially, it was scheduled to air after the 2020 presidential election, but Ray publicly decried the move to de- lay the broadcast and even went so far as to write a letter to the cast to apologize for the move. After Showtime's parent compa- ny, CBSViacom, changed its tune and rescheduled the miniseries for a September premiere, Ray explained why he felt it was im- portant to air the show in the run-up to the election in an in- terview with Vanity Fair. "Of course, I wanted this se- ries to air before the 2020 elec- tions," Ray said in a July article. "I think our democracy is on the line right now. And I wanted this series to be part of the conversa- tion." Jeff Daniels stars in "The Comey Rule" Ripped from the headlines continued on page T10 TV FEATURE

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