Showtime has given a 12-episode series order to City On A Hill, the Boston crime drama executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The series, starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, will premiere in 2019.
Bacon’s most recent TV work includes The Following, which ran for three seasons on Fox. Hodge is best known for his portrayal of MC Ren in Straight Outta Compton, Levi Jackson in Hidden Figures, and Noah on WGN America’s Underground.
Based on an original idea from Affleck and executive producer Chuck MacLean, City On A Hill is a fictional account of the “Boston Miracle” police operation. In the early 1990s, the Massachusetts capital was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm – and then it all suddenly changed.
On the series, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said, “City On A Hill has the veneer of a classic Boston cops-and-robbers drama but actually dives headfirst into challenging the very institutions it depicts. In reality, the series is a penetrating look at the larger criminal justice system and those who operate within it, with mesmerizing performances by Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge anchoring the suspense.”
Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman and Jere Shea fill out the rest of the cast. Kevin Dunn is set to star in a recurring role.
The series is executive produced by Affleck, Damon and Todd for Pearl Street Films as well as James Mangold. MacLean wrote the pilot and executive produces, while Michael Cuesta directed the pilot and executive produces. Bacon also serves as co-executive producer.
For Bacon, the news follows Syfy’s decision to pass on picking up its Tremors follow-up to series. The series would have featured Bacon’s Val McKee 25 years after the events of the 1990 original, but this time battling age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex. Hodge can also be seen as Devin in Magic Camp, set to debut on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service in 2019.
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