Deborah Cahn’s new drama The diplomat arrived on Netflix on Thursday (April 20) and fans are already comparing it to it The west wing.
Cahn began her career as a writer and producer on the acclaimed political drama, widely considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time, also known for her work on Homeland.
Her new series follows Keri Russell as the US Ambassador to Britain, who is trying to divorce her husband (Rufus Sewel) in the midst of a diplomatic crisis.
The series also stars Rory Kinnear, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn and Ato Essando.
Many critics and viewers singled it out The diplomat‘s similarities with The western wing and in particular Russell’s performance in her praise for the series.
“Great cast. Already hooked me. As the reviews have said, modern day west wing Quality drama,” one person tweeted about the show.
“The diplomat It’s coming to Netflix tomorrow and it’s fantastic.” AwardsWatch Founder Erik Anderson tweeted Wednesday. “It has west wing Bone and it’s the best of its kind ever since. Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell are a perfect match, and supporting cast Ato Essandoh, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Nana Mensah and Michael McKean rock.”
“The diplomat is absolutely perfect television. I’ve missed a show like this, I’ve been longing for it and it’s finally here but only has 8 episodes,” wrote another, adding, “Recommended for everyone west wing‘s fans out there.”
“Tune in The diplomat because if you say Keri Russell and the creator involved in it The western wing in the same sentence, it’s a given that I’ll be watching,” someone else promised.
In conversation with The Hollywood ReporterRussell revealed that she hadn’t seen her costar Sewel in his most famous role.
“We had never met before. And in fact I still haven’t seen it The holidays. But I know the poster,” she said. “We were just really easygoing, super comfortable in each other’s surroundings. We laugh our heads off and we were both really silly on set. It helps create a whole undercurrent of electricity.”
The diplomat is now available to stream on Netflix.