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The Daily Beast 12 September, 2021 - 02:10am 3 views

How many episodes is American Rust?

Through three episodes (all that were screened for critics), it's difficult to say where things are headed, either thematically or story-wise, but a happy ending feels far removed from the desolate landscapes of Buell, Pennsylvania. IndieWire‘American Rust’ Review: Showtime’s Murder-Mystery Is a Stark Portrait of Small-Town Living

What channel is American rust on?

“American Rust” premieres on Showtime on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). You can also watch it on FuboTV (free trial), Sling and Hulu + Live TV (free trial). pennlive.comHow to watch ‘American Rust’ on Showtime: Premiere date, time, channel, stream for free

American Rust’s title announces the show’s lofty intentions; this is a character study-via-genre-thriller that wants to be emblematic of a larger, corrupting national ailment. Alas, what’s largely on display (at least in the three episodes provided to press ahead of its Sept. 12 premiere) are a lot of clichéd characters and circumstances, drenched in the usual patina of quiet rustic gloom. Its story is set in fictional Buell, Pennsylvania, which police chief Del Harris (Daniels) explains early on is both geographically and spiritually closer to West Virginia than it is to Pittsburgh. It’s a slowly dying enclave where the air is still, the men carry guns, the women talk tough, the factory has long since closed down, and everyone knows everyone else, and thus happily gather for shotgun weddings where they carouse and fight with down-home rowdiness. Generic is the word for it.

From the start, only Daniels’ Harris stands out. First introduced crushing, weighing, and consuming his dosage of daily prescription pills, he’s a Gulf War vet and former Pittsburgh detective who’s retreated to this out-of-the-way haven for reasons that aren’t immediately revealed. No matter, though; hints about his deep, dark distress are impossible to miss. Less easy to pin down, however, is his personality. Overseeing a public auction of some homes—including that of his seamstress girlfriend Grace (Maura Tierney) and her loutish husband Virgil (Mark Pellegrino)—that is then interrupted by Virgil and his friends’ arrival with rifles, Harris admits to the auctioneer that this has been a clear case of intimidation. Nonetheless, his offer to have the man safely escorted out of town comes across as both a kind and menacing gesture. That duality is again present when he jokingly picks up a bottle of sparkling wine from a bartender, only to then snap at her when she makes a harmless (if lewd) joke about also selling him condoms.

It’s tricky getting an initial beat on Harris. Yet unfortunately, American Rust doesn’t really know what to do with him, and thus winds up sidelining him for long stretches so it can detail the tangled situations of many other Buell residents. There’s Isaac (David Alvarez), who’s unhappily stuck at home caring for his grouchy invalid father Henry (Bill Camp). There’s Billy (Alex Neustaedter), Grace and Virgil’s son, a former high school football star who’s now an assistant coach at his alma mater; Isaac pines for Billy, even though Billy remains hung up on Isaac’s sister Lee (Julia Mayorga), who’s now married and living in New York City. There are also Harris’ law enforcement underlings, loyal Steve Park (Rob Yang) and walking-disaster Pete Novick (Jim True-Frost), the latter of whom is fired and then winds up dead in a steel mill, the victim of a fatal bludgeoning that might have something to do with his raging narcotics problem.

Novick’s death is the catalyst for American Rust’s whodunit, which one might naturally assume is the series’ main focus. Like Harris himself, however, this investigation is often ignored in favor of supporting characters’ pedestrian mini-dramas, be it Grace’s attempts to form a union at her dressmaker shop alongside her Mexican-immigrant coworkers, Isaac fleeing home and riding the rails (with an envelope full of stolen cash), or Billy and Lee rekindling their teenage romance once she returns home to care for her dad, who’s been abandoned by Isaac. These threads are a drain on the material’s momentum and marginalize both Harris and his inquiry into Novick’s slaying—the only two compelling things about this tale.

As Henry, the talented Camp is asked to simply look disheveled, sit in a wheelchair and La-Z-Boy, and bark nastily at his kids (because he hates being cared for), and though Tierney is given a bit more to work with, Grace is depressingly featureless. The less said about Billy and Lee’s dreary relationship, the better; not only do Neustaedter and Mayorga share no chemistry, but their characters’ dynamics are exasperatingly stale. And as for that murder inquiry? A couple of opening developments point so insistently in one suspect’s direction that it’s easy to identify them as misdirections, which subsequently turns the series into a prolonged guessing game, with the least suspicious players proving to be the most likely culprit. A few quick shots of seemingly innocent figures only exacerbates one’s hunch that American Rust is playing a tired red herring-laced game—something that would be wearisome enough even without its sluggish pacing.

In its third installment, Daniels’ Harris opens up about the painful secret that drove him out of the big city and to this remote hamlet, and though the actor does his best to sell it—his face subtly conveying the moral code that compelled him to make the decisions he did, and the guilt and regret that still gnaws at him years later—he can’t elevate what amounts to one more prosaic revelation in a show full of them. Daniels’ scenes aside, there’s simply nothing particularly distinctive, exciting or surprising about American Rust, which hews to a formal and narrative template that’s as creaky and gone-to-seed as the trailer homes, pick-up trucks, and steel mills to which it pays such evocative attention.

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Jeff Daniels on his performance in Showtime’s 'American Rust'

Main Street Nashville 14 September, 2021 - 03:00am

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“American Rust” centers on conflicted chief of police Del Harris (Jeff Daniels), who considers crossing morality lines after the son of the woman he loves, Grace Poe (Maura Tierney), is linked to a homicide.

Daniels, a two-time Emmy winner (for “Godless” and “The Newsroom”), and Tierney, a two-time Emmy nominee (for “The Affair” and “ER”), already look like early contenders to add more nominations to their resumés next year, thanks to superlative lead performances among an outstanding cast that also includes Bill Camp (“The Queen’s Gambit”), David Alvarez (“West Side Story”), Alex Neustaedter (“Colony”) and newcomer Julia Mayorga (“It Is Decidedly So”).

“A lot of what we’re going for in this is real people, their good and their bad, their strong and their weak. Just like people in real life,” said Daniels, who is also an executive producer, reteaming with showrunner Dan Futterman (the two previously worked on the acclaimed series “The Looming Tower,” which earned Daniels one of two Emmy nods in 2018). “This is less of a Hollywood-polished version of southwest Pennsylvania and more of this cast trying to blend in and become one of them.”

Daniels reveals that he had a “way in” to help in that becoming, as he recalls his upbringing in southeastern Michigan.

“I grew up working-class,” he said. “I worked at my dad’s lumber company. I drove a truck during the summer. I unloaded stuff. That’s what I did.

“And I knew these guys. I am one of these guys. I am from a small town. And I know how this kind of isolates you, that kind of provincial kind of [thinking that] ‘This is our whole world. We know there’s another world out there, but this is the only one we live in and care about.’

“So, I knew that kind of claustrophobic kind of small-town thing. … [And] I knew Del enough to dive into him, and then embrace the things that I did not have in common with him and make those part of the performance. … He tries his best, which is a lot of what this show is: good people having to make bad choices in order to survive.”

Aside from the human characters, the show’s setting and cinematography also play a tremendous role in giving “American Rust” its stunning realism and emotional heft, and Daniels agrees.

“Everywhere we pointed the camera,” the actor recalls, “there was something to look at, whether it was beautiful or ugly. The rivers, the hollers, the bridges, the towns that had been left behind. You don’t have to build them — they’re there. They’re still there.

“And that was one reason why we wanted to shoot in Pittsburgh and in southwest P.A. — it’s all there. It’s as much a character in this thing as any of us.”

'American Rust' Review: Mare of Hillbilly Elegy

Pajiba Entertainment News 14 September, 2021 - 03:00am

There’s something about these grim prestige dramas set in the backwoods opioid dens of America that I find strangely comforting in the sense that — for so many of us suffering from anxiety and depression, worried about the state of the world and our own situations within it — things could be worse. We could be trapped in Buell, Pennsylvania living in a dilapidated trailer home, working a menial job with no security, watching while friends and family members die from drug overdoses, and seeing absolutely no way out.

Misery loves company, as they say, and there’s nary a show more miserable right now than Showtime’s murder mystery, American Rust, a cheerless drama that may scratch at that Mare of Easttown itch, but hardly enough to bring relief.

Jeff Daniels plays Del Harris, a small-town sheriff in Buell, a Western Pennsylvania town near the West Virginia border. He’s hooked on a lot of (legal prescription) drugs himself owing to PTSD he suffered during his military service. He’s loosely romantically involved with a local seamstress, Grace (Maura Tierney), who occasionally backslides with her ex-husband and father of her child, Virgil (Mark Pellegrino).

Grace’s kid, Billy (Alex Neustaedter), is a troubled but talented high-school football star, who apparently turned down an offer to play at a Division I school for reasons that, so far, are vague, though likely has to do with a fear of leaving Buell. He’s friends with Isaac (David Alvarez), a depressed and suicidal teenager left behind by his sister, Lee (Julia Mayorga), to take care of their father, Henry (Bill Camp), whose health is severely compromised. Billy, meanwhile, is still in love with Lee, who left Buell for New York, where she recently got married, while Isaac is so distraught over his lot that Billy has to save him after he intentionally falls into an icy lake.

The circumstances surrounding these characters are already grim enough before the murder of a cop, Pete Novick (Jim True-Frost), is introduced. He’s found face-down in an abandoned mill, and there’s some evidence that Billy is involved, evidence that the Sheriff hides because he wants to look out for his girlfriend’s kid.

That’s the setup, and boy is it grim. The series, even in the pilot episode, moves at a snail’s pace, and while Daniels, Tierney, and Bill Camp are all very good, very capable actors, the drama so far lacks the kind of spark that Kate Winslet, Jean Smart, Evan Peters, and Julianne Nicholson brought to Easttown, not that Rust won’t invariably merit an Emmy nod or two. These characters, however, seem to be walking through the motions, which is consistent with the types of people who might populate a town like this. They’re resigned, and the anxiety they feel because of it has settled in as background noise.

It’s a wallow-in-your-misery kind of show, but also a murder mystery. It has not, however, given us much reason to care about the deceased — the only interaction we’ve had with Deputy Novick, so far, is not a favorable one. Daniels plays a Daniels character, only on the other side of the socioeconomic spectrum. He’s very good at delivering monologues, which is good because American Rust is the type of series to feature a lot of them. They break up the monotony of listlessness and give us something to focus on besides the vacant eyes and grim expressions that otherwise dominate the series.

That may sound like a pan, but it’s not, exactly. American Rust is a fine show for what it wants to be — a bleak series based on a bleak Philipp Meyer novel that — like Easttown — is very detailed about its bleakness; there’s a rusty pick-up truck in nearly every frame! Unfortunately, while it is suitably heavy, it’s not yet as engrossing. There’s no plight here that we feel particularly invested in after one episode, while the murder mystery itself lacks a compelling hook. But oh boy, I can already tell Rust is going to deliver a number of sermons on the economically disadvantaged, on those the American economy has left behind, and those who have been exploited by the pharmaceutical industry. That just so happens to be my particular cup of tea, which means I’ll wallow in it until the bitter end, although I understand that this kind of series is not for everyone. There are far less painful ways to pass the time.

American Rust currently airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

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Showtime’s `American Rust’ a tale of family, despair and murder

NUjournal 14 September, 2021 - 03:00am

Del Harris is a man whose calm, composed exterior belies a war going on inside.

As played by Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom,” “Steve Jobs”) in the Showtime drama series “American Rust,” premiering Sunday, Sept. 12, he’s the chief of police in Buell, Pa., a forlorn Rust Belt town outside of Pittsburgh that’s pockmarked by deserted factories and empty, decaying buildings.

A veteran of the war in Iraq, he takes a cocktail of opioids to keep his PTSD at bay but struggles with maintaining the diminishing dosages his doctor prescribed. He has a love interest in Grace (Maura Tierney, “The Affair”), but she also has an ex-husband who won’t go away and a son, Billy (Alex Neustaedter, “Colony”), who has a propensity for getting into trouble after turning down a football scholarship and getting dumped by the love of his life, Lee (newcomer Julia Mayorga).

But despite everything, Del still pines for Grace and is protective of Billy, even stepping in to get the kid probation after he clubbed a guy with a board in a bar fight. But when a dead body turns up in an abandoned mill and Billy is implicated, Del must decide the lengths to which he will go to protect the son of the woman he loves.

Based on the novel by Philipp Meyer, the series is the story of good people making bad choices in places that progress seems to have left behind, the type of people that Daniels, a native Michigander, knows well.

“I am one of those folks that comes from a part of the country that can feel less, can feel inferior, the fly-over country, the you’re-not-from-the-coasts,” the actor explains. “So I understand that. I’d lived with it as an actor going in and sitting in waiting rooms against people from Yale and Juilliard and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. I understand those people and that person.”

Del’s relationship with Grace is reflective of that. He clearly cares for her but she seems on the fence about him, and when he sees her with her ex, he backs off. But Daniels’ working relationship with Tierney is the opposite. He praises his co-star for being a smart actress, a worthy acting partner and someone who “jumped off the cliff with me” in terms of making acting choices.

“I’ve always said half my performance is in the other actor, which is another way of saying listen and react,” Daniels says. “And if you do that, you’ll have chemistry but you can’t do that with someone who’s just waiting for you to stop talking and then is going to do whatever they’re going to do. Maura didn’t do that. Maura said, `Oh, OK, I get it,’ and jumped in. … Now you’ve got that thing they call chemistry and that happened early on with us.”

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Is American Rust on Netflix?

Netflix Life 13 September, 2021 - 11:25am

Jeff Daniels as Del Harris in AMERICAN RUST, "The Mill". Photo credit: Dennis Mong/SHOWTIME.

The 2021 series American Rust is capturing the attention of audiences everywhere as this intriguing series tells the story of an unconventional family trying to strive towards achieving the infamous American Dream and the unprecedented difficulties that often arise for the patriarchs of families such as these.

Anticipated to be one of the most intriguing series of the year, you’re not going to want to miss a single episode of this riveting new release. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered as we tell you just where you can watch new episodes of this on-the-rise series.

Unfortunately, Netflix does not currently have this particular series streaming on its site at the moment, and it is safe to say that the streaming platform may never acquire this series in the near or distant future as American Rust solely belongs to one site.

Of course, we can never say never, so we will be sure to keep you posted when or if this drama series does ever make its way on over to Netflix, but in the meantime, read on to find out just where you can watch every episode.

The only place where you can stream American Rust is with Showtime. The site is slated to release the 10 episodes of the series weekly and is the only site with the first episode of this new series, which lets us know that there may not be any plans for other sites including Netflix to acquire this show. We can only hope that this changes in the future, however, as of right now, it is extremely unlikely.

You may not be able to watch American Rust on Netflix, but thankfully, there are still tons of other similar titles that you can watch on the site, including but not limited to The Chair, Grace and Frankie and Clickbait.

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Techradar 12 September, 2021 - 07:01pm

Showtime's new crime drama starring Jeff Daniels is finally here

Premiere date: Sunday, September 12 at 10pm ET / PT

New episodes: weekly on Sunday until October 31  

Creator: Dan Futterman

Cast: Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney, Julia Mayorga, Bill camp, David  Álvarez

US stream: Showtime Now

Streaming options elsewhere: Stan (Aus) | Neon TV (NZ) | Crave (Can)

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The eight episode series tells the story of chief of police Del Harris's tattered American dream as he tries to keep peace in a southwest Pennsylvanian town. American Rust is set in a small rust bucket town with big secrets, where good people, driven by loyalty and love, make bad choices. 

The first episode, titled The Mill, follows Harris as he investigates a dead body that turns up in an abandoned steel mill. A dead body that the son of the woman he loves (Maura Tierney) is accused of murdering. So how far will he go to protect him?

If you want to see the murder investigation unfold and find out how many lines Harris is willing to cross, keep reading. We'll tell you how to watch American Rust and stream online from anywhere on this page.

If you're abroad when the latest episodes of American Rust air, geo-restrictions will prevent you from watching on your usual streaming service.

But don't worry, there is a simple solution. By downloading and installing a VPN to your device, you can trick it into thinking it's in another country. So you can set your location to your home country and dodge those geo-restrictions to access your usual streaming service without a problem.

Sign up for an annual plan and get 3 months of ExpressVPN free. Better still, if you're not impressed with the service, let them know within 30 days to get your money back.

American Rust premiers on Sunday, September 12 at 10pm ET / PT on Showtime, with a new episode released weekly for its eight episode run. The original series may be produced by a premium television network, but you can watch without cable too.

Showtime's streaming service, Showtime Now, lets you stream American Rust on demand. Each week the episode will be available to watch online after it's aired, or you can catch up at a time convenient to you. 

At the time of writing this, you can sign up for a 30 day free trial before committing to a $10.99 a month subscription. With your subscription you can stream your favorite series, movies, boxing, and more ad free, and download full episodes and movies to watch offline.

OTT streaming services Sling TV, Hulu, and Fubo TV will give you access to the series, but you'll need a $10.99 a month Showtime add-on as well as a subscription to whichever cord-cutting service you use.

All of these streaming services are compatible with a whole host of devices, including iOS and Android devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, and many more, so you can watch on whatever is convenient to you.

For viewers in Canada who want to watch the latest Showcase crime drama, Bell Media's streaming service Crave is the place to be. Like in the US, Crave will have all episodes of American Rust available for streaming when they air on Showcase each Sunday - starting September 12. You can watch live or catch up on demand if you miss an episode.

You can sign up for a 7-day free trial to try out the streaming service before committing to the CAN$7.99 a month subscription. Alternatively, sign up through your TV provider and find the best deal that way.

Don't forget to use a VPN if you're out of the country and want to watch the latest episode of American Rust.

Stan is the streaming service you'll need to watch American Rust from down under. The streaming service is the official home to Showtime in Australia, so to watch the new crime drama you'll need a subscription to Stan.

You can start a 30 day free trial today to try out the on demand streaming service. After that, Stan subscriptions start from $10 a month for the basic plan, which is the one you'll need to be able to watch American Rust in Australia.

If you're traveling abroad and don't want to miss an episode of American Rust, remember to install a VPN to access Stan and stream the Showtime original series from out of the country. 

Those in New Zealand can watch American Rust through dedicated streaming service Neon TV. Available from Monday, September 13, just after it airs in the US, you can expect episodes to arrive on the platform weekly.

Sign up for $15.99 a month, or save 16% with its annual plan at $159.99 a year. Both plans allow you to watch on up to two simultaneous streams and offer its 'Download & Go' feature, meaning you can stream while offline out and about.

You can watch on all the usual devices, including on desktop, Android and iOS devices, and through Apple TV, Chromecast, select Smart TVs and on PS4.

Not in the country? Don't miss out on streaming American Rust by getting a VPN to watch from abroad.

Unfortunately, crime drama fans in the UK can't watch American Rust just yet. We're still waiting for a release date for when viewers across the pond can tune in to the Showcase original series. But we'll be keeping an eye out for this information, so it's worth bookmarking this page and checking back in because we'll be updating it as and when we know more.

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