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[02/09/17 - 10:27 AM]
ABC News' One-Hour Documentary "When We Rise: The People Behind the Story" Airs Thursday, March 2
The one-hour documentary complements ABC's scripted mini-series "When We Rise" by chronicling the personal and political struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTQ people who helped pioneer the U.S. Civil Rights struggle.

[01/25/17 - 02:37 PM]
ABC Announces Air-Schedule Change for "When We Rise"
Due to ABC News' special report, "President Donald Trump's Address to Congress," on Tuesday, February 28, the subsequent installments will each move back a night.

[01/10/17 - 07:01 AM]
ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates
Among the newcomers: the mini-series "When We Rise"; the one-hour drama "Time After Time"; and the half-hour comedy "Imaginary Mary."

[06/22/16 - 11:41 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, June 22
Updates include: HBO nixes second season of "Vinyl"; TNT extends "Major Crimes" by eight episodes; and Johnny Simmons to co-star in Netflix's "Girlboss."

[05/18/16 - 10:13 AM]
Eleven Shows Ordered from ABC Studios for the 2016-17 Season
New drama "Still Star-Crossed" and new comedy "American Housewife" are both on tap at sibling broadcaster ABC.

[05/17/16 - 09:00 AM]
ABC Unveils 2016-17 Primetime Schedule
Highlights include an expanded two-hour comedy block on Tuesdays and new dramas "Conviction" and "Designated Survivor" to anchor Mondays and Wednesdays.

[04/26/16 - 02:10 PM]
ABC Announces Additional Casting for Event Limited Series "When We Rise" from Academy Award(R)-Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black
Michael K. Williams and Ivory Aquino will play African American community organizer Ken Jones and transgender activist Cecilia Chung, respectively.

[04/15/16 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 15
Updates include: FOX pushes production on "Chad: An American Boy"; Kat Foster among those cast in Amazon's "Jean-Claude Van Johnson"; and Jodie Comer set as Starz's "The White Princess."

[04/14/16 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 14
Updates include: "Game of Thrones" showrunners close in on an end date; Joe Manganiello bows out of History's "Six"; and Jackie Earle Haley tapped for "The Tick" at Amazon.

[04/08/16 - 11:44 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 8
Updates include: Paul Adelstein to take a "Chance" on Hulu; Hannah Marks bound for BBC America's "Dirk Gently"; and "Sleepy Hollow" loses another series regular.

[03/23/16 - 06:05 AM]
2016 ABC Program Development Guide - Drama Series
ABC details its 14 drama projects under consideration for next season.

[03/21/16 - 12:30 PM]
ABC Studios Casts Event Limited Series "When We Rise" From Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black
Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker and Guy Pearce are among those on tap for the project.

[03/15/16 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 15
Updates include: Jennifer Beals to star in NBC's "Taken"; Sakina Jaffrey set as lead in ABC's "Toast"; and Stephen Fry to visit "The Great Indoors" at CBS.

[12/21/15 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Monday, December 21
Updates include: ABC greenlights eight-hour mini-series "When We Rise"; Mike Newell to helm "The Interestings" for Amazon; and FX's "Snowfall" lands key tax incentive.

[03/24/15 - 06:02 PM]
2015 ABC Program Development Guide - Drama Series
ABC details its 13 drama pilots under consideration for next season.

[07/31/13 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, July 31
Updates include: Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones to exit "Parks & Recreation"; ABC renews "Celebrity Wife Swap"; and Martin Henderson to topline Sundance Channel's "The Red Road."







WHEN WE RISE (ABC)
Premieres Monday, February 27
BROADCAST HISTORY:
2/27/17 - ???
STATUS:
new this winter (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
weeknights from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (8 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, January 2017) "When We Rise" is written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. This mini-series event 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 Cecilia 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.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Austin McKenzie as Younger Cleve Jones
· Carrie Preston as Sally Gearheart
· David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Jones
· Denis O'Hare as Jim Foster
· Dylan Walsh as Marcus Conant
· Emily Skeggs as Younger Roma Guy
· Fiona Dourif as Younger Diane
· Guy Pearce as Cleve Jones
· Ivory Aquino as Cecilia Chung
· Jonathan Majors as Younger Ken Jones
· Kevin McHale as Bobbi Campbell
· Mary-Louise Parker as Roma Guy
· Michael K. Williams as Ken Jones
· Rachel Griffiths as Diane
· Rafael de la Fuente as Ricardo
· Rosie O'Donnell as Del Martin
· Whoopi Goldberg as Pat Norman
CREW INFORMATION:
· Bruce Cohen as EP
· Dee Rees as DIR (Parts 3-4)
· Dustin Lance Black as CRTR/EP/DIR (Parts 7-8)
· Gus Van Sant as EP/DIR (Parts 1-2)
· Laurence Mark as EP
· Thomas Schlamme as DIR (Parts 5-6)
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios