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HBO’s Public Housing Debate Drama, ‘Show Me a Hero,’ to Air in 6 Episodes

HBO's 'Show Me A Hero'

HBO’s ‘Show Me A Hero’

HBO’s Show Me a Hero miniseries, studying the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by a landmark public housing debate, will air in six episodes over three nights beginning August 16, 2015.

Hailing from The Wire creator David Simon, the network’s original drama is based on Lisa Belkin‘s non-fiction book of the same name.

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It chronicles the events after a federal judge ordered the city of Yonkers, New York to integrate low-income housing into its white, middle-class neighborhoods in 1988.

The mandate set off a bitter dispute fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics that would consume the town for the next five years.

Among those caught in the controversy was the city’s 28-year-old mayor, Nicholas Wasicsko (played by Oscar Isaac), who had used the issue to his advantage during his campaign and found that he would never be able to escape it, either during or after his administration.

HBO's 'Show Me A Hero'

HBO’s ‘Show Me A Hero’

Show Me a Hero‘s cast also includes Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips), Alfred Molina (Chocolat), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (U.S. Marshals), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jim Belushi (The Ghost Writer),  Terry Kinney (Oz), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), Winona Ryder (Black Swan), Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street), Natalie Paul (Smash), and Clarke Peters (The Wire).

The miniseries will premiere Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 8/7c on HBO in six hour-long episodes.

Its first two parts will air back-to-back on Sunday, August 16 (8-10pm ET/PT), followed by two parts on both of the subsequent Sundays — August 23 and 30 — at the same time. It will also be available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.

Watch the trailer and check out the full schedule/episode breakdown below.

Part 1

Debut for Parts 1 and 2: SUNDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates for Parts 1 and 2: Aug. 16 (1:05 a.m.), 17 (12:10 a.m.), 18 (5:00 p.m.), 19 (9:00 p.m.) and 22 (11:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates for Parts 1 and 2: Aug. 17 (9:30 p.m.), 20 (3:30 a.m.), 22 (3:30 p.m.) and 30 (4:00 p.m.)

Nick Wasicsko becomes the youngest big-city mayor in America, but at what cost? Even before he is inaugurated, the obligation to build public housing in the white neighborhoods of Yonkers looms over his new administration.

Part 2

Debut for Parts 1 and 2: SUNDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates for Parts 1 and 2: Aug. 16 (1:05 a.m.), 17 (12:10 a.m.), 18 (5:00 p.m.), 19 (9:00 p.m.) and 22 (11:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates for Parts 1 and 2: Aug. 17 (9:30 p.m.), 20 (3:30 a.m.), 22 (3:30 p.m.) and 30 (4:00 p.m.)

All hell breaks loose as the Yonkers mayor and city council are given an ultimatum by a federal judge weary of further delay. Meanwhile, public housing residents trapped in the deteriorating projects of West Yonkers watch and wait as the white residents of East Yonkers make clear just how opposed they are.

Part 3

Debut for Parts 3 and 4: SUNDAY, AUG. 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates for Parts 3 and 4: Aug. 23 (1:10 a.m.), 24 (10:30 p.m.), 25 (6:15 p.m.), 26 (9:00 p.m.) and 29 (12:40 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates for Parts 3 and 4: Aug. 24 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (3:30 a.m.), 29 (4:30 p.m.) and 30 (6:00 p.m.)

Mayor Wasicsko finally achieves some consensus and rams through a housing plan with a tough vote, and housing officials begin to plan to build the new townhomes. But even as they do, the political cost to Wasicsko becomes apparent.

Part 4

Debut for Parts 3 and 4: SUNDAY, AUG. 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates for Parts 3 and 4: Aug. 23 (1:10 a.m.), 24 (10:30 p.m.), 25 (6:15 p.m.), 26 (9:00 p.m.) and 29 (12:40 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates for Parts 3 and 4: Aug. 24 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (3:30 a.m.), 29 (4:30 p.m.) and 30 (6:00 p.m.)

A new mayor pledges to oppose the housing, even though it is never quite clear what he might be able to do in that regard. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicsko tries to reconcile himself to life out of power as construction of the townhomes begin.

Part 5

Debut for Parts 5 and 6: SUNDAY, AUG. 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates for Parts 5 and 6: Aug. 30 (11:45 p.m.) and 31 (12:30 a.m.), and Sept. 1 (5:45 p.m.), 2 (8:45 p.m.) and 5 (11:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate for Parts 5 and 6: Aug. 31 (9:00 p.m.)

Armed with a growing recognition that he had fought on the side of angels in the battle over the housing, Nick Wasicsko plans his political comeback, while the residents for the new townhouses are screened and chosen.

Part #6

Debut for Parts 5 and 6: SUNDAY, AUG. 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates for Parts 5 and 6: Aug. 30 (11:45 p.m.) and 31 (12:30 a.m.), and Sept. 1 (5:45 p.m.), 2 (8:45 p.m.) and 5 (11:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate for Parts 5 and 6: Aug. 31 (9:00 p.m.)

A comprehensive orientation process awaits the incoming residents, and many have second thoughts about moving into neighborhoods that don’t welcome them. At the same time, Mary Dorman, long a vocal opponent of the housing, is recruited to serve the incoming residents in a way that even she finds startling. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicsko begins the long road back to political viability, even as the residents take possession of their new townhomes. But in the end, a second act for the wounded young politician proves elusive.

HBO's 'Show Me A Hero'

HBO’s ‘Show Me A Hero’

Show Me a Hero is directed entirely by Paul Haggis (Crash) from a script by William F. Zorzi, a writer on The Wire.

Simon,  Zorzi, and Haggis executive produced along with Nina K. Noble and Gail Mutrux.

[via shadowandact, collider.com]