President Donald Trump trumps LGBTQ rights when it comes to prime-time on ABC. The network announced that because House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited the president to deliver his first address to Congress on February 28th, it will shift its scheduled miniseries, “When We Rise,” so it can instead televise the speech that will be seen on every other network.
The miniseries, depicting the decades-long struggle by a group of LGBTQ Americans for equality, debuts on Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. Central. Instead of presenting the second night of “When We Rise” on Tuesday, ABC will interrupt its lineup to join CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, the Spanish language networks and countless radio stations and webstreams to bring Trump’s address live to its viewers.
“When We Rise” was created by Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and stars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg and trans actresses Alexandra Grey and Ivory Aquino.
Prior to ABC’s scheduling change, Black said his series is something he thinks Trump might find worth watching, when he and his series’ stars met television critics in Pasadena earlier this month.
“If Donald Trump actually watches the show, he might like the show,” Black said, adding that Trump voters may get a lot out of it, too. And as Variety reported, thanks to ABC, now they won’t have to miss any of it.
“I don’t see this show as trying to speak to only half of the country — I didn’t write the show for half the country.” Black said he wrote it with his own kind in mind: a Christian, Southern, military family.
Watch the trailer for “When We Rise” below.