Billy Ray on ‘The Comey Rule’

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Jeff Daniels plays FBI director James Comey in Showtime’s limited series “The Comey Rule.” Photo by Elizabeth Fisher/CBS Television Studios/Showtime.

In the new Showtime series “The Comey Rule,” writer/director Billy Ray takes on the story of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Brendan Gleeson plays the newly inaugurated Donald Trump as he attempts to woo a very reluctant James Comey, played by Jeff Daniels.

The first installment of the two-part series is an empathetic but unflinching look at the former FBI director’s decision making in the run-up to the 2016 election, which had critics on both the left and right. The second part covers his experience in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Comey offered his perspective on these events not only in testimony before Congress but in his book, “A Higher Loyalty.”

These sources, along with private conversations between Comey and Ray, formed the basis for what unfolds onscreen in “The Comey Rule,” which airs on Showtime on Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28. Ray also drew on interviews with high-level officials from both sides of the aisle — though he wouldn’t say exactly who.

Credits

Host:
Kim Masters

Producer:
Kaitlin Parker