Miniseries chronicles LGBTQ life

ABC brings story of struggle to major network viewers

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — “When We Rise,” written and created by Dustin Lance Black, will premiere on Feb. 27 on ABC.

The miniseries “chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks 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,” the network shared.

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Those staring in the work are Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams and Ivory Aquino, in addition to Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors and Fiona Dourif.

Air dates are: Feb. 27, premiere; March 1, parts two and three; March 2, parts four and five; and March 3,  parts six and seven. The show runs from 9-11 p.m.

The series will also guest star Henry Czerny, Whoopi Goldberg, Arliss Howard, Sam Jaeger, T.R. Knight, Mary McCormack, Kevin McHale, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare, Pauley Perrette, David Hyde Pierce, Richard Schiff, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Reiner and William Sadler.

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Executive producers are Black, Gus Van Sant, Laurence Mark and Bruce Cohen.

Additionally, a digital soundtrack from Hollywood Records will be available on Feb. 24. The track list includes: “I’d Love To Change The World” (Jordan Fisher); “California” (Fancy); “Tie Your Mother Down” (Brandi Carlile); “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (Justin Sams/Eve Nelson): “Good Times” (featuring Christine Aprile/Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein); “Thinking of You” (Austin McKenzie); “Wonderwall” (Zella Day); “Oh Happy Day” (Ruby Amanfu featuring Prado); “I’d Love To Change The World” (Shea Diamond); and “When We Rise Suite” (Danny Elfman and Chris Bacon).

info: abc.go.com.

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