Baltimore’s own David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme, is at work on a new project for HBO, which is slated to air sometime later this year.
Show Me a Hero is set in Yonkers, New York in the 1980s. While The Wire took the war on drugs as its subject (broadly speaking), and Treme examined post-Katrina New Orleans, this new show takes a hard look at housing segregation, racial tensions, and (of course) corrupt politicians.
The six-episode miniseries stars Winona Rider, Catherine Keener, and Oscar Isaacs; fans of Simon’s other shows will be pleased to see that Simon is once again working with Clarke Peters, who starred in both The Wire (as Lester Freamon) and Treme (as Albert “Big Chief” Lambreaux).
While Simon is as grouchy as ever about the new project (“I don’t believe anyone’s going to watch this,” he told Grantland), I for one can’t wait to tune in.