ABC Shifts ‘When We Rise’ Airdate to Accommodate Trump Congressional Address

When We Rise Trump
Ron Koeberer/ABC

Dustin Lance Black’s eight-hour paean to the LGBT civil rights movement, “When We Rise,” was initially supposed to air over four straight nights, from Monday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, Mar. 2. Thanks to a recently scheduled Congressional address by newly-minted President Donald Trump, ABC has had to modify those plans. It will take a break on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to air said address, thereby pushing the next three installments of “When We Rise” by a day.

There’s an element of irony to the move, given that the airtime will be devoted to Trump addressing members of Congress who are mulling the reintroduction of a bill that would curb the ability of the federal government to penalize discrimination against LGBTQ or unmarried citizens, categorizing such discrimination as free speech protected by the First Amendment. Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, has already voiced his support of this bill.

Black told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January that he made the limited series specifically for people like his kin — a Christian, Southern, military family. “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,” Black said. “I think if Donald Trump watches the show, he might like the show.”

And now, he won’t have to miss any of it.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 7

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. PdH says:

    All “When we rise up” is about is the 1-2 % of our society that is perverted and wants to force there vile lifestyles on us…. They want to tell us that they were born that way…. God did not create the homosexuals as they have been deceived by the Father of all lies, Satan himself….

    • Martin Pal says:

      Dear PdH: Your comments are why programs like WHEN WE RISE are needed. It is YOU who are looking at all LGBT people and thinking they are vile. God did not tell you to do that. You chose to. Then you chose to write a comment to display your ignorance. When we accept the way God made us we are transformed. You would be, too, if you accepted all God’s creations and stopped listening to Satan who is causing you to feel hatred toward other human beings. So, stay in your world of hatred toward others, where Satan wants you to live. We are rising above that.

  2. Can’t wait, I’m going out today and buy the biggest pussy hat I can find. Come home, rub warm butter over my body ,wrap myself in saran wrap and roll around naked on the floor.:)

  3. Does anyone know where you can get a giant cake shaped like a Schmoo? If I have to explain what a Schmoo is one more time, I am really going to be concerned about international relations and smoothed waters. Cough.

  4. nanreet says:

    Hey Bill. tsk, tsk, tsk. Your tax dollars are going to building a wall and Mexico won’t pay for it. So that means you need to trust Trump to pay you back……ain’t going to happen. DumpAss

  5. BillUSA says:

    Tsk, tsk, tsk.

    Can’t let it go, can you Variety?

    Still smarting from that historic Hillary sponsorship, eh?

More TV News from Variety