HBO has debuted an extended trailer for the next big prestige miniseries everyone seems sure to be talking about: “Confirmation,” a dramatization of the media scrum revolving around the 1991 tale of Anita Hill, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, and a certain infamous can of Coke.
“This is a circus, a national disgrace,” says actor Wendell Pierce (Bunk!) in the trailer, playing Clarence Thomas. “And from my standpoint, it’s a high-tech lynching.”
Emphasizing the way that Thomas, who eventually was appointed and still sits on the highest court in the land, was portrayed as a victim in the hearings, “Confirmation” shows the damage that the events wreaked on the life of Hill. A former US Department of Education and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission employee, Hill testified against Thomas and brought the phrase “workplace sexual harassment” into a whole new light.
“I was afraid of retaliation,” Washington’s Hill is seen testifying. “I had to tell the truth.”
Co-starring such heavy hitters as Jeffrey Wright, Greg Kinnear (playing Joe Biden), Erika Christensen (as Hill’s friend Shirley Wiengand), Jennifer Hudson (as Angela Wright, another accuser) and Eric Stonestreet as a slimy lobbyist, “Confirmation” premieres on HBO April 16 at 8 pm ET/PT.