John Ridley and Carlton Cuse adapt journalist Sheri Fink’s book about Hurricane Katrina’s impact on doctors and patients at a New Orleans hospital
Five Days at Memorial, a limited series about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a New Orleans hospital, arrives Friday, August 12 on Apple TV+.
Starring Vera Farmiga and Cherry Jones, the series follows a group of doctors and patients trapped at Memorial Hospital after the hurricane and subsequent flooding. The series is based on a non-fiction book by journalist Sheri Fink.
Here’s everything you need to know about Five Days at Memorial.
What is Five Days at Memorial about?
Five Days at Memorial is about the doctors and patients trapped at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It chronicles their attempts at evacuation and, over time, the compromises they make — particularly the decision to euthanize patients they didn’t think could be successfully evacuated.
The series dramatizes both the days when people were confined at Memorial Hospital and the subsequent investigation and legal battle against one of the hospital’s chief surgeons, Dr. Anna Pou.
Is it based on a true story?
Yes it is. The series is based on the non-fiction book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, written by journalist Sheri Fink.
Anna Pou is a real person, as are a number of other people on the show. 45 bodies were found at Memorial Medical Center, and Pou was arrested on suspicion of murder for euthanizing patients.
Who is in Five Days at Memorial?
Vera Farmiga plays Dr. Anna Pou, a senior surgeon at the hospital. Farmiga is best known for the horror film series The Conjuring, as well as the films Up in the Air and The Departed. On television, she has had a starring role in Bates Motel and most recently played the villain in the Marvel series Hawkeye.
Cherry Jones plays Susan Mulderick, the Crisis Response Manager at Memorial Hospital. Jones is best known for his appearances on Angels in America, 24, and The West Wing; More recently she has appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale, Succession and The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
Michael Gaston plays Arthur Schafer, the attorney leading investigations at Memorial Hospital. Gaston may be best known for roles on Prison Break, Jericho, and The Mentalist, but a fairly prolific actor, he has also appeared in The Leftovers, Elementary, The Good Wife, and The Sopranos, among many other credits.
They are joined by Robert Pine (CHiPs), Adepero Oduye (12 Years a Slave), Cornelius Smith Jr (Scandal) and Julie Ann Emery (Preacher), among others.
Who writes and directs Five Days at Memorial?
The series was developed by Carlton Cuse and John Ridley, with the two writing and directing episodes of Five Days at Memorial. Cuse is best known for his work as one of the co-creators of Lost, while Ridley wrote the film 12 Years a Slave and the TV series Guerrilla.
Fink’s book almost became the basis for a series of American Crime Story – which would have been directed by Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson as Anna Pou – but development on that series eventually stalled.
Is there a trailer
yes there is You can watch it right here.
When will Five Days at Memorial be released?
The first three episodes of Five Days at Memorial will be released immediately on Friday, August 12th.
The remaining episodes will air weekly thereafter, with the eighth and final episode releasing on Friday, September 16.
How many episodes does Five Days at Memorial have?
There are eight episodes of Five Days at Memorial. The first five episodes each cover a single day in the hospital, while the final three chronicle the aftermath of the decisions made there.
The episodes are between 40 and 55 minutes long.
Why should I watch Five Days at Memorial?
It’s a harrowing, uncompromising piece of drama, but remarkably well done.