The Wire creator David Simon has teamed up with Crash director Paul Haggis for an all-star six-part HBO mini-series adaptation of Lisa Belkin’s 1988 nonfiction book, Show Me a Hero — and HBO has just announced its premiere date. The first episode will debut Sunday, August 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).
The aforementioned “all-star”-ness of the cast wasn’t at all hyperbolic: Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban and Jim Belushi play the fundamental characters in this drama about the structural racism of city politics, and how that’s fueled by and extends to day-to-day racial tensions. Here’s the official, press-release description of the series:
In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor (Oscar Isaac) of a mid-sized American city [in the book, it’s Yonkers] is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.