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The Cast for David Simon's Next Show' Show Me a Hero' is B-A-N-A-N-A-S

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | August 21, 2014 | Comments ()


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David Simon’s next television project, the 6-part mini-series, Show Me a Hero, sounds exactly like something that David Simon would make. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero centers on the young mayor of a mid-sized American city who 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 whole city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future. “

Simon’s projects get ever-closer to what I can only imagine is his ultimate goal: A television series about a zoning committee. And while I’d argue that Simon could make even that interesting, I saw Treme (or at least two seasons of it), and I’m not so sure. Everyone sidewalk renovation would turn into a sermonizing, self-indulgent treatise on the problems with contemporary America. With jazz.

Still, the idea here sounds terrific, and once you see the cast, you’re going to drool all over your damn self.

Oscar Isaac — Iscar will play Nick Wasicsko, the young mayor and the lead of the drama.

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James Belushi — Angelo R. Martinelli, an affable old political hand and six-term Yonkers mayor who argued to comply with the judge’s order and lost his seat as a result.

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Catherine Keener — Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.

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Winona Ryder — Vinni Restiano, the Yonkers councilwoman and confidante to Wasicsko who lost her seat after her housing vote, only to stage a comeback four years later and wins as City Council president.

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Jon Bernthal — Michael H. Sussman, a hard-driving Harvard-trained lawyer who represented the NAACP when it joined the government’s anti-segregation case against Yonkers.

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Alfred Molina — Henry J. “Hank” Spallone, a tough-talking former NYPD detective from the Bronx who became the demagogic voice of the housing opponents.

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Michael Stahl-David — James Surdoval, the political consultant who helped guide Wasicsko’s political career and became the man to see in Yonkers as behind-the-scenes deal-maker.

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Terry Kinney — Peter Smith, the Yonkers Housing Authority’s director who quietly and delicately waded through the political and bureaucratic morass to ensure that the public housing was built.

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Source: THR



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  • Jimmy Cancellaro

    I remember this issue very vividly since it brought national attention to my home town of Yonkers. My father and a group of Waverly St residents were interviewed on 48 hours focusing on a multi racial neighborhood which got along just fine. I still have the picture of my Mom and Dad sitting on their front porch which was published in the NY Times as well as a VHS recording of the 48 hours broadcast.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Yonkers is forever a funny name.

  • foolsage

    Alfred Molina needs to be in All The Things.

  • More like Show Me A Doctor because this cast caused an erection that's lasted longer than four hours

  • LadyUncool

    Hmm cast looks great BUT..... David Simon is the last person to criticize about lack of diversity because of his track record and I understand the show is about politicians--but it seems odd that the principal cast members representing the interests of the low income housing development are all white.

  • Slim

    I was thinking this can't be a David Simon show for the same reason.

  • Naye

    I think a show about a zoning committee would be awesome. That way the average citizen could see just a little thing like zoning effects the lives of everyone, especially those who live in low-income areas. IJS. I regularly try to get my friends to go to city council meetings.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Do you suppose Ms. Ryder was meant to look like Madame X in the header photo? Because, all things being equal, she would be a cool choice for a recreation of that.

  • Mr.West

    Yes, all we need now is a ringer for John Singer and we'd be set. I'd say Russell Crowe.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Yes, well-played.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    When I saw the header pic, I was trying to figure out if that was her (or maybe Teri Hatcher). Her proportions look so odd for her in that - much longer than I think of her. But it is a gorgeous shot. Btw, read this book a year or so ago - it was interesting. Made her a rather complex person.

    http://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Mad...

  • Mrs. Julien

    Wishlisted! Sargent is my favourite artist hands down.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I should see if I have my copy, or if I gave it to Sal Val. I know I've got a bag of books that I haven't taken in yet.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I am supine with longing.

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