Showtime has given a 10-episode series order to the Don Cheadle comedy series “Black Monday,” the network announced on Thursday.
From “Happy Endings” creator David Caspe, the 1980-set series centers on the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. According to Showtime’s description, “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.”
Cheadle will serve as executive producer and star alongside “Girls” alum Andrew Rannells and “Girls Trip’s” Regina Hall. Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott and Eugene Cordero will also star, with Caspe’s wife and “Happy Endings” star Casey Wilson to recur.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are also executive producers on the series and will direct the pilot. “Black Monday” is a co-production by Showtime and Sony Pictures Television, where Caspe’s Shark vs. Bear banner has an overall deal. It is slated to premiere in 2019.
“‘Black Monday’ is a scathing comic commentary on the excess of the ’80s,” said Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. “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.”