From David Simon and Canadian Director Paul Haggis, HBO’s Six-Part Miniseries SHOW ME A HERO Premieres August 16 on HBO Canada

— July 20, 2015

– Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin; starring Oscar Isaac in his first major television role, and Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, and Jim Belushi –
– Miniseries explores notions of home, race, and community –

“…the trailer is simmering with the sort of racial and political tension Simon and Haggis have built their careers on dissecting”. – TORONTO (July 20, 2015) – HBO Canada presents HBO’s new six-part, one-hour miniseries SHOW ME A HERO from David Simon (HBO’s TREME and THE WIRE) and Oscar® winning Canadian director Paul Haggis (Crash). Exploring themes of race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists, and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, New York, Parts 1 and 2 premiere Sunday, August 16 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, day-to-day with HBO in the U.S. Parts 3 and 4 premiere on Sunday, August 23 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/MT, followed by Parts 5 and 6 on Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. ET/MT. Click HERE for a sneak peek of SHOW ME A HERO. ** Media Note ** – Download photos at or In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city, Mayor Nick Wasicsko (Golden Globe® nominee Oscar Isacc, Inside Llewyn Davis), is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighbourhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government, and threatens his political career. The cast also includes: Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener (Capote) as longtime East Yonkers resident Mary Dorman; Alfred Molina (HBO’s THE NORMAL HEART) as Councilman Henry J. Spallone; Oscar-nominee Winona Ryder (Little Women) as Councilwoman Vinni Restiano; LaTanya Richardson-Jackson (BLUE BLOODS) as housing project resident Norma O’Neal; Bob Balaban (HBO’s RECOUNT) as U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand;  Jim Belushi (ACCORDING TO JIM) as incumbent Yonkers mayor Angelo Martinelli, who lost his seventh term to Nick Wasicsko; and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street) as NAACP attorney Michael Sussman. SHOW ME A HERO is written by David Simon and William F. Zorzi, based on Lisa Belkin’s book of the same name. Paul Haggis directed all six parts. Executive producers are David Simon, Nina K. Noble, Paul Haggis, Gail Mutrux, and William F. Zorzi, Jr. In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).  

HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).


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