Although Don Cheadle mostly works in film, he’s done some television work, and his last regular TV series, House of Lies, ended in 2016. Now he’s back on Showtime starring in the new Black Monday TV show. Is the time right for a comedy about plummeting stocks and 1980s excess, or will the first season wind up in the red, in the Nielsen Ratings ledger? Will Black Monday be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A Showtime comedy, Black Monday stars Cheadle, Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Horatio Sanz, Yassir Lester, Andrew Rannells. Centering on the stock market crash of October 19, 1987, the action unfolds at the Jammer Group, a shabby little firm lead by Maurice “Mo” Monroe (Cheadle). Mo’s team of traders includes the practical, no-nonsense Dawn (Hall), the compliant Keith (Scheer), Wayne (Sanz) the wild man, and Yassir (Lester), who is not lacking in self-confidence, and into this lion’s den walks the new kid on the block — Blair Pfaff (Rannells). Guest stars in the first season include Casey Wilson, Kurt Braunholer, Ken Marino, Eugene Cordero, Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch, Kadeem Hardison, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tim Russ, Julie Hagerty, Phil Reeves, and Jason Michael Snow.
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What do you think? Do you like the Black Monday TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season on Showtime?
4/29/19 update: Showtime has renewed Black Monday for a second season.