Showtime debuts City on a Hill pilot online free
We’re just over a week away from the premiere of the upcoming Showtime crime drama City on a Hill, based on an original idea from producer Ben Affleck (Gone Girl), but the cable network has decided to give excited audiences a chance at viewing the series early by releasing the pilot episode online for free, which can be viewed in the player below!
City on a Hill is created by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Academy Award winner Affleck. 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.” In this fictional account, driving that change is 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). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.
“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,” Nevins said. “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.”
City on a Hill also stars Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Lauren E. Banks (Instinct), Amanda Clayton (If Loving You Is Wrong), Kevin Chapman (Brotherhood) and Tony Award nominee Jere Shea (Passion), with Kevin Dunn (Veep) recurring.
The series is executive produced by Affleck and Academy Award winner Matt Damon and Emmy nominee Jennifer Todd (Jason Bourne, Memento) for Pearl Street Films. MacLean wrote the pilot and executive produces. Michael Cuesta (American Assassin), who directed the pilots of Dexter and Homeland for Showtime, serves as executive producer and directed the pilot. James Mangold (Logan) will also serve as executive producer with Bacon serving as co-executive producer.
City on a Hill is set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, June 17 at 8 p.m. EST.