Showtime Renews ‘Black Monday’ For Season 2

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30 Apr 19

Showtime has handed out a 2nd Season to the Don Cheadle fronted finance comedy Black Monday, Season 1 of which is set to premiere in June 2019 on Sky Atlantic.

The 19th October 1987, aka Black Monday. It was the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it… until now. This is 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 and the glass ceiling.

Don Cheadle stars as Maurice “Mo” Monroe, the self-educated, self-made, self-destructive founder of the Jammer Group, a small Wall Street trading firm made up of all the underdogs that couldn’t get hired by the blue blood firms of the 1980s. Dubbed by their fellow Wallstreeters as “the L.A. Raiders of corporate raiders” due to their wild reputation, Mo is determined to lead his band of merry outlaws to the top, or crash the market trying.

Cheadle is joined by Andrew Rannells (‘Big Mouth’, ‘The Knick’, ‘Girls’), who plays Blair Pfaff, a fresh-out-of-Wharton trading prodigy with his choice of any top firm on the street… until a fateful (literal) run-in leaves him with no choice but to work at what he disgustingly calls “Mo’s little chop shop; Regina Hall (‘Insecure’, ‘Scary Movie’ franchise) plays Dawn Towner, Mo’s right hand (wo)man and the only female head trader on Wall Street, not to mention one of the few female traders, period, at the time; And Paul Scheer (‘Veep’, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’), who stars as Keith Shankar, who is a mess, but a hell of a trader. No one enjoys the unbridled excesses of the ‘80s quite like Keith Shankar. He works hard and parties hard, usually at the same time. But beneath it all, he really just wants love… and drugs and money and sex.

“Black Monday mines big comedy from the greed, the style, the music, and the excess of the ’80s, but it’s also sneaky smart in its social commentary about that era — and indirectly, our current era as well,” commented Showtime’s entertainment president Gary Levine. “We can’t wait to see what inspired depravity David and Jordan will cook up in Season 2.”

Season 2 won’t land until 2020 in the US, but if you’re keen for a bit more Don Cheadle in the meantime, you can, of course, catch him in a little film called ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as Rhodey/War Machine in cinemas right now.

Black Monday‘ Season 1 is currently scheduled to premiere in June 2019 on Sky Atlantic in the UK (exact day/time TBC).