ABC has had to reschedule the air date of When We Rise to accommodate President Donald Trump.
The eight-hour LGBT+ rights drama, created by Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, was set to air on ABC across four consecutive nights, from Monday 27 February to Thursday 2 March, in order to have ‘maximum impact’ on viewers.
ABC will now air one episode on Monday, and run the next three episodes from Wednesday to Friday.
It’s disheartening that the show will be sidelined for Trump, especially as the members of Congress he’ll be speaking to are debating a First Amendment Defence Act which would allow anti-LGBT+ discrimination based on religious belief.
However, despite Trump’s often questionable views on LGBT+ rights, Dustin told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in January that he thinks Trump “might like the show” if he gives it a chance.
He said: “I think there’s a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump who will love this show. I don’t see this show as only trying to speak to half a country… we can speak the same language.”
The show, which will star Guy Pearce, Rosie O’Donnell, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ivory Aquino, documents the struggle for LGBT+ rights starting with the Stonewall Riots.
Watch the trailer for When We Rise below: