'When We Rise'
ABC, Feb. 27
An insanely star-studded cast (Mary-Louise Parker, Michael K. Williams, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce, David Hyde Pierce and many, many others) populates this eight-part miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement in the U.S., from the Stonewall Riots to the era of gay marriage. Writer Dustin Lance Black's ambitious labor of love attempts to trace the evolution of the modern LGBT community via stories of real activists, firebrands and forgotten heroes; it feels like it could have the potential to be a major network eye-opener a la Roots. DF