The following report has been brought to you by the phrase “Hot damn.” The Wire creator David Simon has been developing a miniseries (albeit a limited one) for HBO for some time now, and today brings excellent news about Simon’s new project. Oscar Isaac is set to lead an impressive ensemble cast in Simon’s Show Me a Hero, which debuts later this summer on the network.

Per Variety, Show Me a Hero explores ideas about “home, race and community while following the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats and citizens.” The series takes place in Yonkers, New York in the late ‘60s, with Isaac portraying a mayor faced with a moral and political dilemma: ordered by a federal court to construct low-income housing in predominantly white neighborhoods, the young mayor struggles with the potential political and social backlash of his compliance.

The six-part series was written by Simon, best known for creating The Wire (aka The Greatest Show of All Time), and will be directed by Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning screenwriter/director of Crash and writer of James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

Isaac will be bolstered by a fantastic supporting cast, including Winona Ryder (Winona Forever), Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Bob Balaban, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson and Jim Belushi.

Show Me a Hero debuts on HBO on August 16. I for one eagerly welcome David Simon’s next HBO revolution.

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