Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
After delivering the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, David Simon is headed back to the cable network with the six-part miniseries Show Me a Hero.
Set in Yonkers, New York in the 1960s, the story follows the struggles of a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) trying to balance politics and justice. There’s quite the cast on display in the latest trailer for the miniseries, including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder. Looks like another future Emmy nominee for HBO. Watch the Show Me a Hero trailer below!
Here’s the trailer straight from HBO:
This has flares of A Most Violent Year with Oscar Isaac in the lead role, though it doesn’t seem to be quite as heavy-handed with the drama. But the true story straight from the history of Yonkers New York promises to be an intense exploration of race, class and politics, which Simon has proved that he can do masterfully. This time he’ll have help from Crash director Paul Haggis, which could be good or bad, but judging from the trailer, it looks to be a quality piece of work
Show Me a Hero debuts Sunday, August 16th at 8pm Eastern on HBO, beginning with two episodes.
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From creator David Simon (‘Treme’ and ‘The Wire’) and director Paul Haggis (‘Crash’), and based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.
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 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.
In addition to Oscar Isaac, ‘Show Me a Hero’ stars Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban and Jim Belushi. Directed by Paul Haggis; written by David Simon and William F. Zorzi; executive produced by David Simon, Nina K. Noble, Paul Haggis, Gail Mutrux and William F. Zorzi.