Kevin Bacon (The Following, I Love Dick) and Showtime are heading back to the brutal streets of early ’90s Boston in City On A Hill, a 12-episode crime drama series co-starring Underground‘s Aldis Hodge. Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) from an original idea by Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting); and directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin), the series is set to premiere on the cable giant in 2019.
“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. 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.” – David Nevins, President & CEO, Showtime Networks
City on a Hill is set in early 1990s Boston when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it suddenly all changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” 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 is executive produced by Affleck, MacLean, Cuesta and Matt Damon; alongside Pearl Street Films’ Jennifer Todd as well as James Mangold. Bacon will serve as co-executive producer on the series.