HBO will debut 10-part miniseries “The Pacific” March 14 and air an hourlong episode every Sunday through May 16.
Project, produced by Playtone and DreamWorks and exec produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, is the pay cabler’s complement to “Band of Brothers,” which aired in 2001 and was nominated for 19 Emmys, winning six. “Brothers” profiled Easy Company, which parachuted into Europe on D-Day and eventually helped end World War II.
The Pacific,” which stars James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda, examines a select group of Marines who make their way through the Pacific Theater, including battles at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.
Part one is written by Bruce McKenna and directed by Tim Van Patten. Mini is based on the books “Helmet for My Pillow,” by Robert Leckie, and “With the Old Breed,” by Eugene B. Sledge.
HBO is launching new seasons of two other shows in the first quarter: “Big Love” on Jan. 10 and “The Life and Times of Tim” Feb. 19.