"The Long Road Home" (TV show) is a limited drama series on National Geographic Channel that is based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Martha Raddatz.

The seriesl relives a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War, when the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ferociously ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad — a day that came to be known in military annals as "Black Sunday." The series cuts between the action on the ground in Iraq and that of the homefront back in Texas, where wives and families await news for 48 hellish hours, expecting the worst. The incident, which took place eleven months after President George W. Bush's famous "Mission Accomplished" speech, changed the American military's view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents.

Two-time Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kelly ("House of Cards," "Taboo") stars as Lt. Col. Gary Volesky, the battalion commander who leads a daring rescue operation when the 1st Cavalry Division comes under attack by Iraqi insurgents. Emmy-nominated actor Jason Ritter ("Parenthood," "Girls") plays Capt. Troy Denomy, who leads the rescue convoys into the city following the dramatic ambush of a 1st Cavalry Division Platoon and is a devoted family man with a wife and newborn son. E.J. Bonilla ("Unforgettable") portrays Lt. Shane Aguero, leader of the ambushed men. Kate Bosworth ("Blue Crush," "SS-GB," "The Art of More") plays Capt. Denomy's wife, Gina. Sarah Wayne Callies ("Prison Break," "The Walking Dead," "Colony") portrays LeAnn Volesky, wife of Lt. Col. Volesky and a leader in the family readiness community. Noel Fisher ("Shameless") plays Pfc. Tomas Young, the heroic 24-year-old soldier and later peace activist who is severely wounded in this battle. And actor Jeremy Sisto ("Suburgatory," "Law & Order," "Six Feet Under") takes on the role of Staff Sgt. Robert Miltenberger, a career soldier on the cusp of retirement who has been stop-lossed for this deployment.

Rounding out the cast are Emmy-nominated Jon Beavers ("NCIS," "Gotham," "The Fresh Beat Band") as Sgt. Eric Bourquin, Jorge Diaz ("Jane the Virgin," "The 33") as Spc. Israel Garza, Ian Quinlan ("Gotham") as Spc. Robert Arsiaga, Darius Homayoun ("Tyrant") as the interpreter Jassim al-Lani and Patrick Schwarzenegger ("Stuck in Love") as Sgt. Ben Hayhurst.

"The Long Road Home" is executive produced by Mike Medavoy, Jason Clark, Mikko Alanne, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn. For National Geographic, Carolyn G. Bernstein is executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production. Mikko Alanne ("The 33") adapted the book for television and serves as showrunner. Emmy winners Phil Abraham ("Daredevil," "Mad Men," "Orange Is the New Black") and Mikael Salomon ("Six," "Band of Brothers") direct.


Network: National Geographic Channel
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: 2017
Seasons: 1

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