Black Monday (TV series)

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Black Monday
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GenreDark comedy
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Kris Bowers
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Steven Yell
  • Andrew Rannells
  • Regina Hall
Cinematography
Editor(s)
Running time29–35 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJanuary 20, 2019 (2019-01-20) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Black Monday is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Cahan and David Caspe that premiered on January 20, 2019 on Showtime. The series stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, and Paul Scheer and follows the employees of second-tier Wall Street trading firm The Jammer Group in the year leading up to "Black Monday", the day when international stock markets crashed in 1987.

On April 29, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season that will premiere in 2020.[1]

Premise[edit]

Black Monday is described as taking the audience "back to October 19, 1987 — aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. To this day, no one knows who caused it—until now. 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."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"365"Seth Rogen & Evan GoldbergJordan Cahan & David CaspeJanuary 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)[a]0.327[4]
2"364"Charles Stone IIIJessi KleinJanuary 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)0.334[5]
3"339"Charles Stone IIIJim Brandon & Brian SingletonFebruary 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)0.288[6]
4"295"Reginald HudlinLaura KittrellFebruary 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)0.275[7]
5"243"Reginald HudlinMatteo Borghese & Rob TurbovskyFebruary 24, 2019 (2019-02-24)0.242[8]
6"122"Leslye HeadlandStory by : Jordan Cahan
Teleplay by : Dannah Phirman & Danielle Schneider
March 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)0.294[9]
7"65"Leslye HeadlandStory by : Teresa Hsiao
Teleplay by : Travon Free
March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)0.313[10]
8"7042"Justin TippingYassir LesterMarch 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)0.283[11]
9"2"Justin TippingLaura Kindred & Syreeta SingletonMarch 24, 2019 (2019-03-24)0.264[12]
10"0"Nisha GanatraEnzo Mileti & Scott WilsonMarch 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)0.297[13]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2013, Showtime began to develop the production, then titled Ball Street, but did not end up moving it beyond the developmental stage. In the fall of 2016, following the purchase of a pilot by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, the project was put back into development with Caspe and Cahan in charge.[14]

On September 7, 2017, it was announced that Showtime had given the production a pilot order. The pilot script was written by Caspe and Cahan, both of whom were also expected to act as showrunners. The pilot was set to be directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the pair of which were also to executive produce alongside Caspe and Cahan. Production companies involved with the pilot included Sony Pictures Television.[14]

On June 14, 2018, it was announced that Showtime had given the production, now titled Black Monday, a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes.[2] On October 19, 2018, it was reported that the series would premiere on January 20, 2019.[15]

On April 29, 2019, Showtime renewed the series for a second season that will premiere in 2020.[1]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the pilot order announcement, it was confirmed that Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells had been cast in the series' lead roles.[14] On February 12, 2018, it was announced that Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Kurt Braunohler, and Eugene Cordero had joined the pilot's cast. Additionally, it was reported that Casey Wilson would guest star in the pilot with the potential to become a recurring cast member if the pilot was picked up to series.[16]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Yassir Lester and Michael James Scott had joined the cast and that Ken Marino would make a guest appearance.[2] On September 20, 2018, it was announced that Kadeem Hardison had been cast in a recurring role.[17] On October 16, 2018, it was reported that Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch, Horatio Sanz, Julie Hagerty, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tim Russ and Jason Michael Snow would appear in guest starring roles.[18]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the pilot was expected to begin in mid-February 2018 in Los Angeles, California.[16] Filming for the rest of season one began on September 28, 2018, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.[19][20]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On September 28, 2018, the first teaser trailer for the series was released.[21] On October 19, 2018, the official trailer for the series was released.[15] On December 14, 2018, a second teaser trailer was released.[22] On December 28, 2018, the first episode of the series was released early through Facebook, YouTube, and Showtime's streaming applications.[3] The program's marketing, rather than using the current "SHO" disc logo utilized by Showtime, used the wordmark version used from 1984 to 1997 to tie the series to its time period.

Premiere[edit]

On January 14, 2019, the series held its world premiere at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Those in attendance included David Caspe, Jordan Cahan, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Jon Hamm, Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Ken Marino, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Elia Cantu, Kadeem Hardison, Kurt Braunohler, Jennifer Zaborowski, Xosha Roquemore, David Krumholtz, David Nevins, and Amy Israel.[23]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The series has been met with a mixed response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 52% approval rating with an average rating of 5.93 out of 10 based on 42 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Black Monday zips with irrepressible style and a seductively stacked cast of charismatics stars - but this Wall Street odyssey is too preoccupied with flash to ferment its needed substance."[24] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 57 out of 100 based on 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[25]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "365" January 20, 2019 0.1 0.327[4] 0.105 0.432[26]
2 "364" January 27, 2019 0.1 0.334[5] 0.171 0.505[27]
3 "339" February 10, 2019 0.1 0.288[6] 0.160 0.448[28]
4 "312" February 17, 2019 0.1 0.275[7] 0.180 0.455[29]
5 "278" February 24, 2019 0.1 0.242[8] 0.151 0.393[30]
6 "122" March 3, 2019 0.1 0.294[9] 0.173 0.467[31]
7 "65" March 10, 2019 0.1 0.313[10] 0.191 0.504[32]
8 "7042" March 17, 2019 0.1 0.283[11] 0.159 0.442[33]
9 "2" March 24, 2019 0.1 0.264[12] 0.165 0.429[34]
10 "0" March 31, 2019 0.1 0.297[13] 0.146 0.443[35]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Don Cheadle Nominated [36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The first episode of the series was released early through Facebook, YouTube, and Showtime's streaming applications on December 28, 2018.[3]

References[edit]

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