Showtime has ordered the drama series City on a Hill, starring Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground).
Created by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), the series is based on an original idea by Ben Affleck. A 12-episode order has been placed, with a premiere slated for 2019.
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.” The series presents a fictional account of what was driving that change, centered on 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).
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“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,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks. “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.”