Osama bin Laden

Hulu is targeting intelligence agencies in a very un-Hollywood way. Will the CIA stand for it?

Hulu is targeting intelligence agencies in a very un-Hollywood way. Will the CIA stand for it?

When Hulu debuts the first episode of "The Looming Tower" on Wednesday, it will attempt a rare feat in post-9/11 Hollywood: tell a slick scripted story of U.S. intelligence that isn't fictional.

Entertainment and politics have intersected a lot lately, so it makes sense to see TV taking a big Washington swing. But very few Hollywood creations, from the Jason Bourne movies to "Homeland," try the trick of "The Looming Tower." In telling about the rise of Islamic radicalism and the inadequacy of the U.S. response to it, the 10-episode show drapes only the thinnest action-thriller garb on a work of journalism, history and policy-critique.

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