“FDR” is a new three-night documentary event, providing an epic portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and unpacking how his own fight with polio prepared him for the challenges of leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. Executive produced by Bradley Cooper and based upon world-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s New York Times bestseller, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, viewers will experience a most harrowing, yet heroic time in history when through grit, commitment and shared sacrifice FDR was the right man at the right time to lead the U.S. and the allied nations, projecting confidence in himself and America.
“FDR” charts Roosevelt’s formative years, his marriage to Eleanor Roosevelt, his early political career, being afflicted by polio, and how he translated his personal struggle with disability to connect with and help the American people navigate the depths of Depression, ultimately culminating in his partnership with UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill that aided in his adept handling of World War II. Told through exceptional dramatic narrative sequences, insightful expert interviews, dynamic archival footage, and never-before-seen documents, this six-hour miniseries will chronicle his growth as a leader, with the immeasurable help of his wife and advisory Eleanor by his side. This premium miniseries features expert commentary from renowned authors, historians and witnesses to history including Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham, Michael Beschloss, Allida Black and Evan Thomas, internment camp survivor and actor George Takei, Holocaust survivor Paul Galan, professors Leah Wright Rigeur, Dr. H.W. Brands and Col. USMC Ret. Doug Douds as well as former speechwriter for President Barack Obama Sarada Peri.
“FDR” premieres on Memorial Day across three consecutive nights beginning Monday, May 29 at 8pm ET/PT.