Question: I have heard a rumour that there is a new television series produced or directed by Steven Spielberg. It's supposedly about a group of solidiers in the Second World War. Is there such a thing in production?
Televisionary: Sounds like HBO's Band of Brothers, which is now slated to debut on the cable network in September.
Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who oversaw HBO's excellent From the Earth to the Moon, are executive producers of the mini-series. It's based on Stephen Ambrose's non-fiction book about the 101st Army Airborne Division's Easy Company, which parachuted into France on D-Day and took Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden, Bavaria. Carrying a reported budget of $120 million and featuring such actors as Kirk Acevedo, Neal McDonough, David Schwimmer and Donnie Wahlberg, the 10-part series follows the unit from boot camp to their taking of the Fuhrer's mountain chalet.
Look for a September story on the production plus a Hanks interview from TV Guide's own Ted Johnson.
And don't confuse Band of Brothers, by the way, with the now-defunct Spielberg series, Semper Fi. That was to be an NBC show about a group of Marines before the network and producer DreamWorks decided to scrap it. NBC will instead show the pilot as a two-hour movie on Feb. 4.