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The Offer

The Offer

Photo Credit:  Nicole Wilder/Paramount+
  • Premiered: 
    April 28, 2022
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  • Network: Paramount+
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the experience of Albert S. Ruddy on THE GODFATHER 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: period, historical

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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Created and written by Michael Tolkin, THE OFFER is a 10-episode limited series that's based on producer Albert S. Ruddy's experiences of making THE GODFATHER. The first three episodes of THE OFFER drop on Thursday, April 28, 2022 on Paramount+, with a new episode debuting each Thursday through June 16:

"A Seat at the Table" (Thursday, April 28, 2022): After ditching his job at the Rand Corporation for a shot in Hollywood, Al Ruddy wins the job to produce Mario Puzo's bestselling novel, "The Godfather" for Paramount Pictures. Joe Colombo, a rising crime boss in the New York City Mafia, has a darker fate in mind for the picture.

"Warning Shots" (Thursday, April 28, 2022): With Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo penning the script, Al Ruddy and Bettye McCartt confront an ever-growing list of opposition to "The Godfather" including Frank Sinatra, LA Gangster Mickey Cohen, and the Colombo led Italian-American Civil Rights League. Meanwhile, Robert Evans and Gulf & Western's Barry Lapidus lock horns over the creative direction of Paramount Pictures.

"Fade In" (Thursday, April 28, 2022): Pressure mounts for the scripts' delivery after Ruddy is forced to sit down with Joe Colombo and Evans finds himself navigating hot waters with Gulf & Western's CEO Charlie Bluhdorn. Meanwhile, Bluhdorn takes an interest in Bettye.

"The Right Shade of Yellow" (Thursday, May 5, 2022): With Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in contention for leading roles in THE GODFATHER, Ruddy is caught in the line of fire between Evans and Coppola and must pick a side. After gaining Joe Colombo's support, Ruddy gets an uncomfortable glimpse of his new friend's loyalty. The rising stakes surrounding THE GODFATHER continues to strain Ruddy's relationship with Francoise.

"Kiss the Ring" (Thursday, May 12, 2022): Ruddy and Bettye combat logistical nightmares with principal photography quickly approaching. As the Mob continues to ingrain itself in the making of the film, tensions rise between Colombo and notorious hot head Crazy Joe Gallo.

"A Stand Up Guy" (Thursday, May 19, 2022): Ruddy deals with the fallout from the disastrous press conference while Evans creates a plan to save Paramount. Bettye takes action as the first day of filming is compromised due to collisions with Gulf & Western, Paramount, and the Mafia.

"Mr. Producer" (Thursday, May 26, 2022): Dissatisfied with the footage, Barry Lapidus orchestrates a potential coup as Ruddy initiates a bold plan to save both Coppola and Pacino's jobs. Crime boss Carlo Gambino questions Colombo's leadership as he holds another large Italian-American Civil Rights League rally.

"Crossing That Line" (Thursday, June 2, 2022): In the bloody aftermath of the Italian-American Civil Rights League rally, Gallo threatens THE GODFATHER's production budget as Ruddy struggles to protect the funding for Sicily. Evans continues to spiral after the breakup of his marriage with Ali MacGraw, allowing Barry Lapidus to capitalize.

"It's Who We Are" (Thursday, June 9, 2022): As the production contends with the challenges of filming in Sicily, Ruddy leaves early to help get Evans back on track. Post-production disputes with Lapidus threaten Coppola's vision for the edit and Bettye starts to think about her next move.

"Brains and Balls" (Thursday, June 16, 2022): THE GODFATHER is released to rave reviews and box office records. Drama unfolds at the 45th Academy Awards. Al Ruddy looks to the future and his next project.