ABC has promoted When We Rise as a mini-series from the very beginning so there seems to be no chance that it will be cancelled or renewed for a second season. But, could strong ratings lead the network to produce similar programming or other mini-series? Stay tuned.
From Dustin Lance Black, the When We Rise TV show chronicles the leaders who agitated for LGBT rights in the US Civil Rights movement. The mini-series follows LGBT activist Cleve Jones (Guy Pearce), women’s right leader Roma Guy (Mary-Louise Parker), her wife and social justice activist Diane (Rachel Griffiths), African-American community organizer Ken Jones (Michael K. Williams), and transgender activist Cecilia Chung (Ivory Aquino). The ABC cast also includes Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors, Fiona Dourif, Henry Czerny, Whoopi Goldberg, Arliss Howard, Sam Jaeger, T.R. Knight, Mary McCormack, Kevin McHale, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare, Pauley Perrette, David Hyde Pierce, Richard Schiff, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Reiner, and William Sadler.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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What do you think? Do you like the When We Rise TV series on ABC? Would you be interested in seeing a second season?