'Show Me A Hero': What We Know About David Simon's New TV Show

Step aside, True Detective. There's a new HBO miniseries in town

It comes as no surprise that a new David Simon project comes with plenty of hype.

While it had its apologists, his first series following The Wire's completion back in 2008 – New Orleans-set drama Treme (2010-2013) – didn't set the television world alight, but one glance at his next project and it becomes immediately clear we're back in the realm of his Baltimore classic. 

Teaming with Paul Haggis – screenwriter of Oscar-winner Crash – the six-part miniseries follows Nick Wasicsko, a real-life former mayor of Yonkers, New York. 

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The wider plot, taken from Lisa Belkin's nonfiction book of the same name, focuses on a federal court's demand to build public housing units within the city's wealthier neighbourhoods, an order that threatens to tear the city – and Wasicsko – apart.

If you're not yet convinced, allow the cast list to seal the deal: Oscar Isaac – ahead of a lead role in new Star Wars film The Force Awakens – will take on the role of Nick, while Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina, Catherine Keener and Clarke Peters – The Wire's Lester Freamon – are all set to appear.

Show Me a Hero is expected to air on Sky Atlantic one day after its US premiere on 16 August. You can watch the trailer above.

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