Watched “The Night Of” season finale and I’ve got to say from beginning to end the HBO series was completely satisfying. It’s based on the 2008 British television series Criminal Justice which caught the attention of Soprano’s star James Gandolfini. After his death 3 years ago it was reported that the miniseries would move forward in his honour with Robert De Niro starring but John Turturro finally got it because of scheduling problems. He does such a great job that I can’t imagine either other actor in the part of John Stone, a ‘you don’t pay unless you win’ lawyer living with severe eczema. Riz Ahmed as Nasir “Naz” Khan, a Pakistani-American college student accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side of New York City, Michael Kenneth Williams as Freddy Knight, an influential prisoner at Rikers Island, Bill Camp as Dennis Box, a detective working on Nasir’s case, Jeannie Berlin as Helen Weiss, a district attorney working on Nasir’s case are all perfect.
Executive producer Steven Zaillian commented about the possibility of a 2nd season saying, “We’re thinking about it and if we come up with something we all feel is worthy of doing, we’ll do it. This was designed as a stand-alone piece. That being said, there are ways of certainly kind of taking what it feels like and what it’s about and doing another season on another subject.”
Nice touch, “The Night Of” retains Gandolfini in a posthumous executive producer credit.