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First Look: Generation Kill on HBO

HBO may not have any series on its schedule for the Summer, but it does have Generation Kill, a seven-part miniseries about the new face of the American military.

The miniseries, written by The Wire's David Simon and Ed Burns, is based on a book of the same name by Rolling Stone writer Evan Wright. In 2003, Wright was embedded with a Marine Corps special operations unit with the motto "Swift, Silent, Deadly." The book painted a portrait of the soldiers in his unit as they lived on the front lines of a war that was then just beginning.

Though Simon and Burns don't know the military nearly as well as they knew Baltimore, Generation Kill seems like a logical step after The Wire nonetheless. The stories of rank-and-file soldiers confronting a military bureaucracy probably have something in common with those of rank-and-file police officers, dock workers, and teachers confronting a machine much larger than themselves. Plus, Simon and Burns have experience bringing a certain dark humor to even the most grim and gritty situation.

Generation Kill will run for seven Sundays beginning July 13. Want to get a taste of what it's about? You can check out the trailer and a clip from the scene where Wright meets the troops for the first time if you


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dubsgf8 dubsgf8 8 years
LOVE this show!!!!
Emma412 Emma412 8 years
I'm so gonna watch this Alexander Skarsgård is in it :)
JennaV JennaV 8 years
Looks very interesting...can't wait to watch!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Definitely will be watching this. David Simon is one of the best!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Just watched the preview...Lee Tergesen as the lead is an added bonus!! I'm doubly in!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
David Simon? I'm IN!! But... I don't have HBO. :-( Guess I'll have to have a friend Tivo it!
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