White House Plumbers is a HBO and Sky Atlantic drama about the Watergate break-in and stars Woody Harrelson, Lena Heady, Justin Theroux, and Judy Greer.
In the summer of 1972, a group of men broke into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. Their arrest and subsequent investigation led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon, in what would become one of the biggest political scandals in American history.
While this event has been the subject of many movies and TV shows over the years, a new limited series from HBO and Sky Atlantic titled White House Plumbers takes a fresh perspective on the Watergate scandal.
The upcoming drama series focuses on the men who carried out the infamous burglary, nicknamed “The White House Plumbers.” The team included G. Gordon Liddy, an attorney and former FBI agent, and E. Howard Hunt, a retired CIA officer, who organized the burglary.
The series explores the events leading up to the burglary and its aftermath, shedding light on the lives of the perpetrators and the impact the scandal had on American politics.
Cast and Crew of White House Plumbers
The series boasts an impressive cast, including Woody Harrelson as E. Howard Hunt and Justin Theroux as G. Gordon Liddy. Lena Headey and Judy Greer play the wives of the two men.
The series is directed by David Mandel, who previously worked on HBO’s critically acclaimed political satire Veep, and created by Alex Gregory and Peter Hyuck, who also worked on Veep. Justin Theroux is also an executive producer of the show, alongside Gregory and Hyuck.
Release Date and Distribution
White House Plumbers was initially set to premiere on HBO in March 2023 but was delayed for unknown reasons. The series is now set to debut on Monday, May 1, 2023, at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT. The five episodes will be released weekly, as is the case with all HBO originals. The series will be available to stream on HBO Max, giving viewers the option to watch it via cable or streaming.
The official synopsis for White House Plumbers provides a brief overview of the series: “White House Plumbers tells the story of how Nixon’s own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux), accidentally toppled the presidency they were zealously trying to protect.” The series will examine the events leading up to the Watergate scandal, the burglary itself, and its aftermath.
David Mandel, the director of White House Plumbers, has said that the series will focus entirely on the burglary, providing a unique perspective compared to other films and TV shows that have covered the Watergate scandal. Mandel has stated, “In most of the Watergate movies ever made, basically the burglary is the opening scene.
You see flashes of the burglary, and then it’s people in the Oval Office, Nixon, and the reporters at The Washington Post. This is a limited series where it is 100 percent about the burglary. We’re going to meet these guys before the burglary, and we’re going to see the effects of the burglary on their lives. This is the story that none of these other stories bothered with, to some extent.”
Themes and Commentary
Given the current political climate in the United States, it is likely that White House Plumbers will contain commentary on modern-day political events. The series will likely explore the consequences of political corruption and the importance of journalistic integrity in holding those in power accountable. Additionally, the show may examine the lasting impact of Watergate on American politics and society.
Who Is Making White House Plumbers?
White House Plumbers is being produced by the creators and writers of Veep, Alex Gregory and Peter Hyuck. Several crew members from the Emmy-winning Veep will also be involved, including David Mandel, who directed at least one episode of the series. All three producers will be executive producing White House Plumbers along with star Justin Theroux.
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