ABC Sets Date for LGBT Rights Miniseries 'When We Rise'

Tuesday January 10, 2017

ABC officials announced the premiere date for the new miniseries "When We Rise," created and written by out Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

According to Deadline the LGBT docudrama will debut on Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.

The new show boasts an all-star ensemble, including Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael K. Williams, Dylan Walsh, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare, David Hyde Pierce, Rob Reiner, and many more.

"When We Rise" will be eight hours long in seven parts. Out director Gus Van Sant is helming the first two-hour part. Dee Rees will direct parts two and three and Thomas Schlamme will direct parts four and five. Black, who wrote the entire series, is set to direct the final two parts.

The series chronicles the LGBT rights movement from its infancy with the Stonewall riots in 1969 to the modern day. The series was inspired by LGBT activist Cleve Jones's memoir "When We Rise: My Life in the Movement."

Check out a trailer for "When We Rise" below.