“Ka­t­rina: Amer­i­can Crime Story”

The Washington Post Sunday - - TELEVISION -

Pre­mieres: Late 2018 (FX)

The real story: In late Au­gust 2005, Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina left a trail of de­struc­tion along the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,600 peo­ple and dis­plac­ing thou­sands. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Di­rec­tor Michael D. Brown faced harsh crit­i­cism for what many saw as a slow and in­ad­e­quate fed­eral re­sponse.

“I want this show to be a so­cially con­scious, so­cially aware ex­am­i­na­tion of dif­fer­ent types of crime around the world,” Mur­phy told the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter last year. “And in my opin­ion, Ka­t­rina was . . . a crime against a lot of peo­ple who didn’t have a strong voice, and we’re go­ing to treat it as a crime.”

The cast: Den­nis Quaid as Bush; An­nette Ben­ning as Louisiana Gov. Kath­leen Blanco; and Matthew Brod­er­ick as Brown.

PEO­PLE WADE THROUGH FLOODWATER NEAR THE SUPERDOME IN NEW OR­LEANS IN 2005. ERIC GAY/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Den­nis Quaid

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