HBO has revealed more details about its Yonkers-set miniseries.
Filmed in Yonkers last year, “Show Me a Hero” is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin. It explores the housing desegregation case that divided the city in the late ’80s and rocked the political career of young mayor Nick Wasicko, played by Oscar Isaac. Writer David Simon’s six-part series will premiere Aug. 16, with two parts airing each Sunday over a three-week period.
Here’s what’s in store:
Parts 1 and 2
Debut: Sunday, Aug. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other airings: 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.)
Part 1: 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: 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.
Parts 3 and 4
Debut: Sunday, Aug. 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other airings: 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.)
Part 3: 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: 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.
Parts 5 and 6
Debut: Sunday, Aug. 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other airings: 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.)
Part 5: 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: 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.
Watch the first trailer for ‘Show Me a Hero’ below: