Waco: The Aftermath is now headed to Showtime. After being ordered for Paramount+, the series will now air on the cable channel instead. The sequel to 2018’s Waco series will premiere on April 16th, with a release on streaming two days earlier. The five-episode series examines the events that followed the Waco disaster 30 years ago.
Michael Shannon and John Leguizamo from the original Waco series (which aired on Paramount Network) will be joined by Giovanni Ribisi, David Costabile, J. Smith Cameron, John Hoogenakker, Keean Johnson, and Abbey Lee.
Showtime revealed more about the upcoming limited series in a press release.
SHOWTIME® today announced that WACO: THE AFTERMATH, starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (GEORGE & TAMMY), will debut on streaming and on demand for all SHOWTIME subscribers on Friday, April 14, before making its on-air debut on Sunday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the tragic events at Mt. Carmel that began on February 28, 1993, WACO: THE AFTERMATH focuses on the fallout of the Waco disaster: the trials of the surviving members of the Branch Davidian sect and the rise of homegrown terrorist, Timothy McVeigh. The five-episode limited series also provides a broader context for the escalation of the American militia movement, which foreshadows the infamous attacks of the Oklahoma City bombing and the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Viewers will also get the opportunity to watch the 2018 limited series WACO starting on non-linear platforms on Friday, March 3 and on-air beginning Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME. The six-episode limited series is based on the harrowing true story of the 51-day stand-off between the ATF and the Branch Davidians, the small religious community in Texas, that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire. WACO originally aired on Paramount Network in 2018.
Previously announced cast includes:
Michael Shannon (GEORGE & TAMMY) will reprise his role as Gary Noesner, an FBI hostage negotiator who has PTSD from the failed negotiations with the Branch Davidians in Waco.
Emmy® and Tony winner John Leguizamo (When They See Us) who received an Emmy Award for this role will reprise as Jacob Vasquez, an ATF agent who worked undercover during the lead up to Waco.
Emmy nominee Giovanni Ribisi (The Offer) will play Dan Cogdell, a top trial lawyer for the surviving Branch Davidians.
David Costabile (BILLIONS®) will play Judge Smith, who oversees the trial of Branch Davidians charged with conspiracy to murder federal agents.
Smith Cameron (Succession) will play Lois Roden, the leader and Prophetess of the Branch Davidians when Vernon Howell (young David Koresh) arrives.
John Hoogenakker (Dopesick) will play Clive Doyle, David Koresh’s first follower within the Branch Davidians, who despite losing a daughter in the fire at Mount Carmel has unwavering faith and is determined for others to learn the “truth.”
Keean Johnson (Euphoria) will play Vernon Howell, young David Koresh who believes he is chosen by God as the next Messiah.
Abbey Lee (Lovecraft Country) will play Carol Howe, a former Southern debutante turned neo-Nazi arm candy, turned government informant.
Returning creators and showrunners Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle direct all five episodes and executive produce the limited series alongside Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrew Gettens and Lauren Mackenzie. Also serving as executive producers are David C. Glasser, David Hutkin, Bob Yari and Ron Burkle of 101 Studios, as well as Gary Barber of Spyglass.
Check out the trailer for this new series below.
What do you think? Are you planning to watch Waco: the Aftermath on Showtime in April? Have you watched the original series?
Glad to see how they are trying to force me to get Showtime after I watched the original series for free