young popeAnnounced by giant billboards in Times Square and on the sides of Manhattan buses, the series of 10 episodes – written and directed by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino and starring Jude Law – will air on HBO from January 15.

There have been abundant enthusiastic comments by press and trades. Variety called it an “ingenious idea with a narrative structure never seen before,” Hollywood ReporterThe Young Pope is fun, unpredictable and irreverent,” and according to Indiewire “Paolo Sorrentino made his debut on TV with power and grace”. TV Guide claims “The Young Pope does not resemble anything already seen on TV”. “May the Game of Popes begin” writes Screen and the site Rollingstones.com states “The Italian Academy Award Paolo Sorrentino brings his talents to the small screen with a sumptuous drama”. For the Wall Street Journal, “The Young Pope broke with the traditions of Italian television” and for the Time The Young Pope “is a look behind the closed doors of the Vatican City”.

After the great European success with audiences and critics, on the eve of the US debut of “The Young Pope” is collecting rave reviews and is trending topic on the network. Both, positive reviews and response of the network, makes this a long-awaited TV series debut. Furthermore, #theyoungpope was third in the ranking of US trending topic marking a record: it had never happened that a movie or an Italian TV series was so popular, so much so that there is already talk of mania (for the site art.mic “The network is already obsessed with The Young Pope and all that is ‘papal'”). Also a commercial success for the original production Sky, HBO and Canal +, produced by Wildside: it has already been sold by FremantleMedia International in over 100 countries.

Academy Award for best actress Diane Keaton joins Jude Law on screen and the cast also includes Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell.

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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