Based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning book and told through the eyes of Adams and his wife Abigail, "the miniseries presents an intimate portrait of a man who played a major role in forming the American nation, though few Americans are familiar with the story," according to press notes. "A farmer and a lawyer, Adams struggled to find the delicate balance between his love for his wife and family and his passion for his country as he rose to be a leader of the American independence movement. He was the driving force in uniting the colonies in their decision to declare independence from Great Britain, paving the way for his role as one of America's founding fathers." Among the theatre vet-heavy cast are Paul Giamatti (as John Adams), Laura Linney (Abigail Adams), Stephen Dillane (Thomas Jefferson), Tom Wilkinson (Benjamin Franklin), David Morse (George Washington), Sarah Polley, Rufus Sewell (Alexander Hamilton), Danny Huston (Samuel Adams), Mamie Gummer (Sally Smith-Adams), Jason Butler Harner (Oliver Wolcott Jr.), Zeljko Ivanek (John Dickinson) and Zak Orth (James McHenry).
Here is a sneak peek at the miniseries:
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