First Trailer: HBO’s “The Night Of” Series

Despite the various troubles at the network which have seen HBO struggling in the past year or two, when they put their minds to it they can still produce some of the best television around.

Today they’ve released the first trailer for “The Night Of,” the network’s attempts at those dark, gloomy, ultra serious season-long crime mystery drama serials that have been a staple of British and Scandinavian TV in recent years.

Created by “Moneyball” and Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” screenwriter Steve Zaillian, the eight episode project stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed about a police investigation along with the legal proceedings and nasty purgatory that is Rikers Island where accused await trial. Zaillian helms all but one of the episodes, the last being tackled by “The Theory Of Everything” helmer James Marsh.

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Glenne Headly, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Paul Sparks, and Ben Shenkman also star in the series which will premiere in July.