VIDEO: Nat Geo Shares First Look at Global Event Series THE LONG ROAD HOME
National Geographic's eight-part global event series THE LONG ROAD HOME, a gripping and intimate look at the toll war takes on soldiers and their families, will debut with a special two-hour premiere Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at 9/8c. The series moves to its regular date and time of Tuesdays at 10/9c beginning Nov. 14. Get a first look below!
Based on the New York Times best-selling book by internationally acclaimed journalist Martha Raddatz, The Long Road Home tells the story of "Black Sunday," when a small platoon of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division was ferociously ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in April 2004. Eight Americans would make the ultimate sacrifice that day and more than 65 would be seriously wounded.
No soldier fights alone. The soldiers in this story are no exception. The scripted series offers viewers an intimate window into the experience of war as seen through the eyes and the hearts of the soldiers themselves and their families back home. It is an adrenaline-fueled and emotional journey that follows the action of the battle on two simultaneous fronts - the chaotic, terror-filled streets of Sadr City, where a group of inexperienced young soldiers faces an unexpected and unimaginable attack with bravery they never knew they had, and the homefront at Fort Hood, where family members, desperate for news of their loved ones and fearing the worst, discover their own courage and determination as well.
With unprecedented intimacy, the eight-part series tells the stories not only of these courageous soldiers but also of their compatriots involved in the three desperate and deadly rescue missions launched to save them. Across eight hours, reflecting the exact amount of time the soldiers were pinned down, each episode highlights a different character's unique and compelling journey as we come to understand their heroism and humanity.
The series stars Michael Kelly ("House of Cards," "Taboo") as then Lt. Col. Gary Volesky (now Gen. Volesky), the incoming battalion commander who was in his first hours of assuming authority over Sadr City as the battle broke out; Jason Ritter ("Parenthood," "Girls") as Capt. Troy Denomy, who bravely led a rescue convoy into the city; E.J. Bonilla ("Unforgettable") as stranded platoon leader 1st Lt. Shane Aguero; Kate Bosworth ("Blue Crush," "SS-GB," "The Art of More") as Gina Denomy, a young wife and new mom battling her own fears while reaching out to the families of the fallen and wounded; Sarah Wayne Callies ("Prison Break," "The Walking Dead," "Colony") as Family Readiness Group leader and Gary Volesky's wife, LeAnn Volesky; Noel Fisher ("Shameless") as a heroic 24-year-old warrior and later peace activist Pfc. Tomas Young; and Jeremy Sisto ("Suburgatory," "Law & Order," "Six Feet Under") as reluctant hero Staff Sgt. Robert Miltenberger.
Additional cast includes Jon Beavers ("NCIS," "Gotham," "The Fresh Beat Band") as the hot-tempered and heroic young Sgt. Eric Bourquin; Darius Homayoun ("Tyrant") as the platoon's Iraqi interpreter, Jassim al-Lani; Jorge Diaz ("Jane the Virgin," "The 33") as Spc. Israel Garza; Ian Quinlan ("Gotham") as Spc. Robert Arsiaga; Patrick Schwarzenegger ("Stuck in Love") as Sgt. Ben Hayhurst; Kenny Leu ("NCIS") as Sgt. Eddie Chen; and Joshua Brennan ("Skinford") as Sgt. Jackson.