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Showtime orders a Wall Street collapse comedy from Don Cheadle and Happy Endings' David Caspe

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Don Cheadle is headed back to Showtime for another dip into the comedic world of financial chicanery, with Variety reporting that the House Of Lies (Pies) star has signed on for a new series about an infamous Wall Street crash. Specifically, Cheadle will star alongside Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall in the network’s new series Black Monday, a comedy about the 1987 stock market collapse. (Fun fact: In Australia, it’s actually known as Black Tuesday, so tell that to your raging time zone-centrism, Showtime.)

In the real world, the crash—still the largest one-day drop of the Dow Jones ever—had any number of causes, including (allegedly) computer trading, failing international relations, and good old-fashioned human dumbness. In the Showtime version, though, it’s being pitched as the work of a crew of outsiders led by Cheadle, taking down the establishment of old white financial dudes while also “crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party, and the glass ceiling.”


The series (previously known by the unflattering title Ball Street) has a pretty undeniable comic pedigree: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan are directing the pilot, while Happy Endings creator David Caspe and Marry Me’s Jordan Cahan will show-run. Meanwhile, Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott, and Eugene Cordero all co-star, and Ken Marino, Kurt Braunohler and Casey Wilson are set to appear, too.

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