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Showtime Orders Drama ‘City on a Hill’

Upcoming Series is Based on Idea from Ben Affleck

Showtime has ordered 12-episodes of the drama series “City on a Hill,” starring Kevin Bacon (“The Following”) and Aldis Hodge (“Underground”).  Created by Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), “City on a Hill” is based on an idea by Ben Ajjleck. The logline: 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 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” 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 Jere Shea (“Passion”), with Kevin Dunn (“Veep”) recurring.
The series, which debuts in 2019, is executive produced by Affleck and Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd (“Jason Bourne”) for Pearl Street Films. MacLean wrote the pilot and executive produces. Michael Cuesta (“American Assassin”) serves as executive producer and directed the pilot.  

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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