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The Nose Scratches Itself with a Chopstick

Craig Blankenhorn
John Turturro, left, and Riz Ahmed in "The Night Of"

HBO's new limited series "The Night Of" is, we're pretty sure, the first psoriasis noir masterpiece.

John Turturro -- in James Gandolfini's, and then Robert De Niro's, stead -- plays John Stone, a defense attorney with a skin condition who's stuck wearing sandals, and eventually Saran Wrap, in public.

Riz Ahmed plays Naz, Stone's teenaged, Pakistani client who's stuck in jail, accused of a crime we're almost sure he didn't commit.

The eight-episode miniseries -- created by the novelist Richard Price and filmmaker Steven Zaillian (who wrote "Schindler's List," among other things) based on a BBC series -- is a slow-burn cops and lawyers procedural/jailhouse drama that's entirely informed by the post-"Serial," post-"Making of a Murderer" world it lives in.

The Nose has watched the three episodes that have aired so far, and we're hooked.

Also: You may have heard that there was some big convention this week and some other big convention last week. We've heard too.


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Colin McEnroe and Betsy Kaplan contributed to this show.

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