What’s On Tonight: HBO and David Simon want to Show [You] a Hero

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, August 16th. All times are Eastern.

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Show Me a Hero (HBO, 8 p.m.): The Wire‘s David Simon is back with HBO for a new miniseries about low-income housing crises and, as is inevitable with a Simon joint, a greater condemnation of society at large. The cast is stacked: Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, and Winona freakin’ Ryder are only the tip of the iceberg. Joshua Alston watched all six episodes and gave it a solid A, saying “it’s not only [Simon’s] most concise and accessible work yet, it’s also the most timely—a neat trick for a period piece set in 1987.” The rest of us will just have to watch along weekly with Genevieve Valentine, or run the risk of getting cornered at a dinner party in five years …

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