Tom Hanks Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of ‘Band of Brothers’ with New Podcast Series

by Keeli Parkey

One of the most famous roles in the iconic career of Tom Hanks has to be the role he played in “Saving Private Ryan.” This World War II epic was directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg.

A few years after the beloved actor and beloved director collaborated on that film, they joined forces again on the miniseries “Band of Brothers.” It was another epic story set during World War II with Hanks acting as executive producer on the project.

“Band of Brothers” originally aired on HBO beginning in September 2001. Tom Hanks and others are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the famous miniseries with a new podcast series. According to Deadline, the podcast will release its first episode on Sept. 9.

Interestingly, Sept. 9, 2001, was the date when the very first episode of the miniseries aired. So, it is fitting that a podcast that will give fans an in-depth look into the miniseries will premiere exactly on the show’s 20th anniversary.

As fans of “Band of Brothers” are aware, the miniseries followed the “Easy” Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the Division. The men of this company are fighting in World War II. The miniseries follows their battles beginning with Operation Overlord all the way to V-J Day.

“Anybody seeing this for the first time will be saying, alright, tale away the amount of celebration of nostalgia, this is an examination of the human condition. What do you think? What would you do?” Tom Hanks says in the trailer for the new podcast.

Podcast Host Says Tom Hanks’ Miniseries ‘Band of Brothers’ is ‘Such an Important Show’

Roger Bennett will serve as the host of the new podcast. He is known for his work on “Men In Blazers.” He said he watches the series at least once every year.

“’Band of Brothers’ was such an important show to me. Like thousands, I watch it every year ritually. The face of an America I grew up believing in. Of everyday heroism, selflessness, and Global Leadership,” Bennett has said.

The podcast will consist of 12 episodes and will include interviews with more than just Tom Hanks. For example, “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg will appear in the podcast. Wahlberg played the character of C. Carwood Lipton in “Band of Brothers.”

Taking a new look at the World War II stories shared in the miniseries is even more important at a time when the number of veterans from that war is declining.

“In June 2020, there were approximately 300,000 Second World War veterans still alive. By June 2021, that number had dwindled to just 100,000. The youngest who once served are now in their late nineties. Indeed, of Easy Company, only one man, Col. Edward Shames, survives, he is now 99,” Bennett also said.

The cast of “Band of Brothers” also included Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor, Peter Youngblood Hills, and Michael Cudlitz.

You can watch the trailer for the new podcast by Tom Hanks about “Band of Brothers” below. The podcast will be available on major podcast providers. These include Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more. In the meantime, if you want to relive the miniseries – or watch it for the first time – you can do so on HBO Max.