Showtime is killing it lately. The network just landed a new series from Nathan Fielder and the Safdie Brothers, is in midst of a stellar Season 2 of “Kidding,” and now have another season of “Black Monday” on the horizon, slated to bow March 15. IndieWire has an exclusive new teaser from the show, which centers on the mayhem of the October 1987 stock market crash from the point of view of a group of employees at a lesser-than Wall Street firm. Led by Don Cheadle, the cast also includes Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells, and Paul Scheer.
Cheadle earned a 2019 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his turn as fast-talking, hard-living Maurice “Mo” Monroe in “Black Monday,” He’s the self-destructive founder of the Jammer Group, a modest Wall Street firm comprised of the underdogs overlooked by better firms. Cheadle previously starred in Showtime’s “House of Lies” across five seasons.
“Mo is all id, which means he’s kind of unhinged, compulsively narcissistic and malignantly so,” Cheadle told IndieWire of his character last year.
And the character, he said, has turned out to be prescient given the current administration. “And maybe he’s arrival is right on time, unfortunately, because we have real-life government leadership that just might appreciate that kind of pathology…It’s always exciting to me to try and inhabit someone who is nothing like me, and try to find a way into that character’s psychology, rhythm, and so on,” Cheadle said. “That’s why I got into acting in the first place — to try and disappear into different characters. That was the draw for me.”
The series is created by Jordan Cahan and David Caspe, creator of ABC’s “Happy Endings” and NBC’s “Marry Me.” Last season featured direction from an impressive lineup of talent: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Charles Stone III, Reginald Hudlin, Leslye Headland, Justin Tipping, and Nisha Ganatra. The new season premiere is directed by Payman Benz, who’s helmed episodes of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Last Man on Earth.” He’s altogether credited with directing four episodes from the 10-episode new season.
Watch the latest teaser for “Black Monday” above.