From Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black, the drama “charts the rise of the fight for LGBT rights in the U.S., beginning in 1971 through the contemporary push for marriage equality.” The cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Louise Parker, Rosie O’Donnell, Guy Pearce, and Rachel Griffiths.
When We Rise will premiere on February 27th, but the show will skip February 28th for a planned broadcast of President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress. The mini-series will then continue on March 1st through March 3rd.
See the full details from ABC below:
ABC’S ‘WHEN WE RISE’ AIR-SCHEDULE CHANGE
Due to ABC News’ special report, “President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress,” taking place on Tuesday, February 28, the “When We Rise” air schedule will effectively change.
The revised air schedule is as follows:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27:
9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Premiere
TUEDAY, FEBRUARY 28:
9:00-11:00 p.m. ABC News Special Report: President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1:
9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Parts II and III
THURSDAY, MARCH 2:
9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Parts IV and V
FRIDAY, MARCH 3:
9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Parts VI and VII
This mini-series from Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black was recently awarded the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
“When We Rise” chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women, who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.
Starring in the mini-series are Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “L.A. Confidential”) as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds,” “Angels in America”) as women’s rights leader Roma Guy, Rachel Griffiths (“Brothers and Sisters,” “Six Feet Under”) as her wife, social justice activist Diane, Michael K. Williams (“Boardwalk Empire,””The Wire”) as African American community organizer Ken Jones and Ivory Aquino as transgender activist Cecelia Chung.
Joining them are Austin McKenzie (“Spring Awakening”) as Younger Cleve Jones, Emily Skeggs (“Fun Home”) as Younger Roma Guy, newcomer Jonathan Majors as Younger Ken Jones, and Fiona Dourif (“The Master”) as Younger Diane.
“When We Rise” is executive produced by the Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “Big Love,” “J. Edgar”), Gus Van Sant (“Milk,” “Elephant,” “Good Will Hunting”) Laurence Mark (“Julie & Julia,””Dreamgirls,””I, Robot,” “Jerry Maguire”), and Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Milk,” “Silver Linings Playbook”). Van Sant directs the two-hour premiere of the eight-hour mini-series event. “When We Rise” is produced by ABC Studios.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Dustin Lance Black’s work? Will you watch When We Rise?