America Divided: Epix to air docuseries from Shonda Rhimes, Common, and Norman Lear
A new documentary series about inequality titled America Divided is heading to Epix, the network announced Tuesday. Shonda Rhimes, Common, and Norman Lear will executive-produce the show, which was created by Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read, and Richard Rowley.
Each episode will focus on celebrities exploring inequality in the context of their own lives. America Ferrera, Jesse Williams, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Peter Sarsgaard are all set to appear.
“This series cuts to the heart of the inequality crisis, exploring life-and-death struggles around the economic, social, and political divide,” the show’s creators said in a statement. “Our aim is to expose the damage extreme inequality inflicts on all Americans, reveal its systemic causes, and celebrate real-world heroes fighting for solutions.”
Both Common and Lear will also headline segments, with Common returning to his home of Chicago to examine the criminal justice system and Lear looking at New York’s housing crisis.
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“Addressing the ramifications of inequality is hugely important to me,” Common said in a statement. “The more we explore the subject and build a dialogue around the issues, the more we can do to create change.”
The show annoucement comes just days after Lear called himself a “bleeding-heart conservative” at the TCAs, where he lamented the current state of America.
“You will not f— with my Bill of Rights, my Constitution, my guarantees of political justice for all,” the acclaimed TV producer said. “But does my heart bleed for those who need help and aren’t getting the justice that the country promises them and the equal opportunity the country promises? Yes.”
Rhimes echoed Lear’s views on equality in a statement: “The promise of the American dream was a united country where everyone is treated equal. That promise has clearly been broken; all you have to do is look around to see that our reality has been built on the back of inequality,” she said. “It’s my hope that this series will inspire audiences to be part of a change that leads us into a stronger, more equal future.”
America Divided will debut on Epix this fall.