June 17, 2019

Russian Federation is remaking Chernobyl but where it is America's fault

12 June 2019, 04:42 | Elsie Buchanan

A still from Chernobyl. Image from Twitter

Chernobyl surpasses Breaking Bad Game of Thrones Planet Earth to become IMDbs top rated show

However, it has not gone over so well in Russian Federation and, more specifically, in the "power corridors of the Kremlin".

The binge-worthy five-episode series recently jumped to the top of IMDb's all-time rankings of television shows with a 9.7 average score out of 10, nudging aside longtime favorites like "Breaking Bad", "Planet Earth" and "The Wire", Variety reported on Wednesday.

In the show, numerous Russian "higher-ups" appear to be either totally incompetant or ludicrously corrupt, and while creators of the miniseries have admitted that they over-emphasised certain parts of the show for dramatic effect, Russian media outlets have slammed the portrayal for its inaccuracies, with one newspaper calling it "a caricature and not the truth".

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According to multiple worldwide publications, and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, Russian state TV network NTV is developing its own, more pro-Russia version of the 1986 nuclear disaster.

HBO's Chernobyl is so well-loved that it's now the highest-rated TV show on IMDb, and the show is even boosting tourism to Chernobyl Power Plant tours.

Not much else is known about the series, except for a short synopsis that states "that the series will follow a group of Soviet KGB officers tasked with uncovering a Central Intelligence Agency agent stationed at the Chernobyl nuclear plant and involved in espionage".

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The Moscow Times argues that the Chernobyl series has been a "source of shame" for pro-Kremlin media outlets upset that an American company told the story.

For instance, after seeing HBO's gripping, grisly portrayal of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, most viewers probably weren't clamoring to hear Russia's version of events. "The fact that an American, not a Russian, TV channel tells us about our own heroes is a source of shame that the pro-Kremlin media apparently can not live down", Shepelin wrote.

HBO Home Entertainment will release "Chernobyl" on digital on June 24, which will include the companion bonus content piece "Pivotal Moment - The Trial" in which the show's climactic trial scene is discussed in interviews with Renck, Mazin, Watson and Harris.

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