Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon returns to series television with a starring role in the drama, City on a Hill. Showtime’s just given City on a Hill a series order and is targeting a 2019 premiere.
Screen Actors Guild award winner Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures) co-stars in the dramatic series which received a 12 episode order. The cast also includes Jonathan Tucker (Westworld, Kingdom), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Lauren E. Banks (Instinct), Amanda Clayton (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong), Kevin Chapman (Brotherhood), and Jere Shea (Passion). Kevin Dunn (Veep) has a recurring role in season one.
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd, and James Mangold are executive producing. Chuck MacLean created the series, based on an idea by Affleck, and wrote the pilot. Michael Cuesta (American Assassin) directed the pilot and also serves as an executive producer.
“City on a Hill has the veneer of a classic Boston cops-and-robbers drama, but actually dives head first into challenging the very institutions it depicts,” stated David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc. “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.”
The Plot: In the early 1990s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm – and then it all changed in what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In this fictional account, driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.