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HBO-Chernobyl

How ‘Chernobyl’ Became HBO's Surprise Breakout Hit

When the final season of “Game of Thrones” was announced, many conversations erupted surrounding the future of HBO.

While the premium cable network clearly has nothing to worry about when looking at its slate of content and talent (does Meryl Streep ring a bell?), no one could have predicted that it would have found its next breakout hit right at the same exact time “Game of Thrones” was signing off the air. And certainly, it was unexpected that the hit would have come in the form of a five-part limited series about the Chernobyl disaster.

Variety senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister sits down with TV critic Caroline Framke to discuss the buzz around “Chernobyl” that made a real-life catastrophe summer’s sleeper hit.

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