After piloting the project (under its former titled Ball Street), Showtime has picked up 1980s Wall Street comedy Black Monday – starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall – to series with a ten episode order. The series is set to premiere in 2019.
“Black Monday is a scathing comic commentary on the excess of the ’80s”, said David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks. “Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall lead a hilarious cast that takes on blue-blooded Wall Street as the Bad News Bears of Wall Street trading firms.”
Black Monday takes us back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it … until now. It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.
The half-hour comedy series is set up as a co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television and stars Don Cheadle (House Of Lies), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Paul Scheer (The League), Yassir Lester (Making History), Michael James Scott (Aladdin on Broadway) and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island). Happy Endings creator David Caspe and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl) created the series and serve as executive producers and showrunners.
Owing to the fact that Black Monday is set up as a co-pro with Sony Pictures Television, it is not immediately clear if it will be covered by Showtime’s output deal with Sky or if SPT will be distributing it in the UK. The output agreement only covers Showtime originals distributed by CBS Studios International, which is why Sky Atlantic does not hold rights to Homeland or Shameless and lost out on UK rights to Roadies.