Showtime will be bringing the drama series “City on a Hill” to subscribers next year. The new series stars Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Screen Actors Guild award winner Aldis Hodge (Underground). The network has given the show a 12-episode order, and the new series is currently scheduled to premiere in 2019. The official announcement was made today by David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc.
According to the network, “City on a Hill” was created by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck. As for the story, the series takes place in Boston during 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 Rhodes (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.
“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,” Nevins said. “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.”
Produced by Showtime, “City on a Hill” also stars Jonathan Tucker (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 Tony Award nominee Jere Shea (Passion), with Kevin Dunn (Veep) recurring.
“City on a Hill” is executive produced by Affleck and Academy Award winner Matt Damon and Emmy nominee Jennifer Todd (Jason Bourne, Memento) for Pearl Street Films. MacLean wrote the pilot and executive produces. Michael Cuesta (American Assassin), who directed the pilots of DEXTER and HOMELAND for SHOWTIME, serves as executive producer and directed the pilot. James Mangold (Logan, Walk The Line) will also serve as executive producer. Bacon will serve as co-executive producer.