HBO sets date for Show Me a Hero

HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero has been given an August debut.

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The six-part series explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, New York.

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, paralyses the local government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

The cast also includes Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, and Jim Belushi.

From creator David Simon and director Paul Haggis, it is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin.

It is written by Simon and William F Zorzi, and executive produced by Simon, Nina K Noble, Haggis, Gail Mutrux and Zorzi.

Show Me A Hero will air from August 16.