HUMANITAS Winner Paul Haggis Directs Series for HBO

David Simon is returning to HBO.

The creator of "The Wire" and "Treme" has created a new series with "Crash" director Paul Haggis called "Show Me a Hero," which will debut on Aug. 16, the network announced.

Set in Yonkers in the 1980s, the show focuses on a young mayor (a mustachioed Oscar Issac) struggling with racial strife in his city after he's ordered to build public housing projects in largely white neighborhoods around town.

"His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future," HBO execs said.

The six-part series is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, a former longtime New York Times scribe who now reports for Yahoo News.

Haggis directed all six episodes, which will air on alternate Sundays at 9 p.m. until Sept. 27.

The cast also includes Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban and Jim Belushi.

Speaking to Grantland for a piece in January, Simon called the project "a story that's worth telling," but said he didn't expect it to become a "Wire"-sized hit.

“You are not going to get zombie-like [ratings], for a story about 200 units of low-income housing being built on the east side of the Saw Mill Expressway and the racial strife that ensues," he said.

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