As David Simon’s Show Me a Hero nears the end of its mini-run (with its sixth and final episode airing on August 30), assorted publications are starting to focus on specific elements that helped the show so seemingly realistically reproduce late 80s/early 90s Yonkers.
Some writers, and some television shows, are afraid of getting too deep into the weeds—which is how we end up with examinations of race, class, and politics that are glancing at best at simplistic at worst. David Simon is not afraid of this. David Simon lives in the weeds. …Read More
Show Me a Hero couldn’t come at a better time for HBO. The miniseries, which premieres this Sunday, directly follows the clear-cut critical failure that was True Detective‘s second season, a train wreck in eight parts that unleashed a tidal wave of speculation about the end of TV auteurism, in which television’s historically collaborative model is at least partly supplanted by the strong voice of a single showrunner. What better time, then, for one of the network’s OG scribes to return to Ground Zero of the Golden Age?
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Alas, from that headline alone, you may be experiencing colliding feelings of ecstasy at the prospect of the ’70s/’80s Time Square porn industry seen through the lens of The Wire creator David Simon, and annoyance at the same ’70s/’80s porn industry that, like General Hospital, most universities, and Lana Del Rey’s trips to the beach, now features James Franco.
It’s hardly news that the trailer for Show Me a Hero looks jaw-droppingly good; any project with the names David Simon, Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener attached to it would have to work really hard not to be exciting.