‘When We Rise’ Episode Guide (March 3): California’s Proposition 8 Faught

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‘When We Rise’ Episode Guide (March 3): California’s Proposition 8 Faught

“Part IV” Mini-Series Finale (03/03/17) – It’s 2008, and in the face of California’s Proposition 8 stripping away the right of gays and lesbians to marry, a newly energized Cleve inspires a younger generation to organize a massive march on Washington D.C. to demand full, federal LGBTQ equality in all matters.

Meanwhile Roma uses her lessons learned as a women’s and LGBTQ activist to fight for healthcare for all in San Francisco. And as Ken struggles to reconcile his sexual orientation with his love of God, he recruits his old friend Cecilia Chung, now a health commissioner, to get the city to help fund a meal program for one of the first LGBTQ inclusive churches in the nation.

With newfound political pull, Cleve joins a rag-tag group of activists attempting to overturn California’s discriminatory Prop 8 at the U.S. Supreme Court. Ken finds his calling in helping bridge the gay/straight religious divide, and Roma defies her youthful distaste for the institution of marriage and proposes to the woman she’s loved for decades, Diane. In the end, all of their fates hang on the decision of nine justices in the nation’s highest court, on the mini-series finale of “When We Rise,” FRIDAY, MARCH 3 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring are Phylicia Rashad as Yvette Flunder, Debra Winger as Justice Kagan, Henry Czerny as David Boies, Ivory Aquino as Cecilia Chung, Matthew Del Negro as Mayor Newsom, Mary McCormack as Roberta Kaplan, T.R. Knight as Chad Griffin, Todd Weeks as Tom Ammiano, Arliss Howard as Ted Olson, Rob Reiner as Mr. Blankenhorn, Pauley Perrette as Robin, Richard Schiff as Judge Walker, Phoebe Neidhardt as Annie, Alexandra Grey as Seville, William Sadler as Chuck Cooper, Jack Plotnick as Gilbert, Maddie Corman as Phyllis, Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Annie, Jayne Taini as Elouise, Larry Guli as Justice Scalia, Jazzmun as Bobbi, Larissa Laskin as Roma’s Sister, Sandy Stier as Sandy Stier, Jeff Zarillo as Jeff Zarillo, Juan Riedinger as Jandro, Jeremiah Birkett as Paul, Paul Katami as Paul Katami, Kris Perry as Kris Perry, Luis Jose Lopez as Victor, Alex Reznik as Mitch, Prado Yvel Gomez as Trans Singer, Carla Pauli as Staffer and Douglas Smith as Young Man.

“Part IV” was written and directed by Dustin Lance Black.

“When We Rise” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

“When We Rise” chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs 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.

Starring in the miniseries are Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “L.A. Confidential”) as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds,” “Angels in America”) as women’s rights leader Roma Guy, Rachel Griffiths (“Brothers and Sisters,” “Six Feet Under”) as her wife, social justice activist Diane, Michael K. Williams (“Boardwalk Empire,”“The Wire”) as African American community organizer Ken Jones and Ivory Aquino as transgender activist Cecelia Chung.

Joining them are Austin McKenzie (“Spring Awakening”) as Younger Cleve Jones, Emily Skeggs (“Fun Home”) as Younger Roma Guy, newcomer Jonathan Majors as Younger Ken Jones, and Fiona Dourif (“The Master”) as Younger Diane.

“When We Rise” is executive produced by the Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” ”Big Love,” “J. Edgar”), Gus Van Sant (“Milk,” “Elephant,” “Good Will Hunting”) Laurence Mark (“Julie & Julia,”“Dreamgirls,”“I, Robot,” “Jerry Maguire”), and Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Milk,” “Silver Linings Playbook”). Van Sant directs the two-hour premiere of the eight-hour mini-series event. “When We Rise” is produced by ABC Studios.

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