HBO has slotted Sunday August 16 for the premiere of its miniseries Show Me A Hero, from The Wire co-creator David Simon. The six-hour mini will debut at 9 PM August 16, with the subsequent five installments airing on August 23, August 30, September 13, September 20 and September 27, at the same time.
Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me A Hero stars Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, NY. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys his political future. Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban and Jim Belushi also star. Paul Haggis directs.