David Simon is one of my favorite TV creators, and I’m always excited to hear about what he’s doing next. With “The Wire,” “The Corner,” “Show Me a Hero,” “Generation Kill,” “Treme,” and “The Deuce,” he has come up with intelligent, complicated series that take the long view of American social systems and the individuals they serve — or, rather, should but don’t serve.
Now Simon and Ed Burns are making a six-part miniseries for HBO called “The Plot Against America,” which is based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name. The story is an alternate history, in the manner of “The Man in the High Castle,” where Charles Lindbergh beats Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 election. The result: A xenophobic populist leader who turns America toward fascism. Hey, this sounds familiar.
The story is told through the lives of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey. The cast includes Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan, John Turturro, and Morgan Spector.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.