Since “Treme” went off the air nearly two years ago, the outcry for David Simon’s insightful and incisive socio-political storytelling has only increased in demand. Simon responded to national tragedies in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD — where Simon spent 13 years working for The Baltimore Sun — in his own words through his blog, but many fans are eager to engage in a narrative created, designed and executed by the man behind “The Wire.”
“Show Me a Hero” looks to do just that. Starring Oscar Isaac as a mayor of a small New York town, the six-part HBO miniseries chronicles the fallout of community relations when the city is federally mandated to build low-income housing in a white neighborhood. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, the upcoming miniseries is directed by Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “In the Valley of Elah”) and co-stars Catherine Keener, Jon Bernthal, Jim Belushi, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder.
The full, somewhat spoiler-y synopsis reads as follows: “From creator David Simon (HBO’s ‘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.”
“Show Me a Hero” premieres Sunday, August 16 on HBO, HBO NOW and HBO Go. Watch the trailer above.