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 Premieres Sunday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Back-to-Back Episodes To Air Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT 

 

SYNOPSIS

 The 10-episode SHOWTIME® comedy series BLACK MONDAY takes us 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. Season one of the series followed Maurice "Mo" Monroe (Don Cheadle) as he and his group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of 1987 Wall Street, ultimately leading to the largest stock market crash in history. Friends became enemies, traders became traitors, and two people became dead. This season focuses on the aftermath: As we begin, Dawn (Regina Hall) and Blair (Andrew Rannells) are the bosses now, quickly learning that heavy is the head that wears the crown, especially when that head is constantly looking over its shoulder for Mo, who's on the run with Keith (Paul Scheer). Who will go down for the crash? Who will go down for the murders? Who will go down for fleecing Mo? All will be revealed in season two. Guest stars include Tuc Watkins (The Boys In the Band) as Congressman Harris, a leading voice of the moral majority; June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) as his ultra-conservative wife, Corkie; Dulé Hill (Suits) as Marcus Wainwright III, president of the African-American Scholarship Fund; and Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as New York Governor Putnam. Recurring guest stars include Yassir Lester (Making History), Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer), Horatio Sanz (Glow) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings).

 

BIOS

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

David Caspe                    

Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner

DAVID CASPE grew up in San Francisco and Chicago. He spent most of his life pursuing visual art, receiving an MFA in painting from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan before realizing his art was shitty. He moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to focus on feature writing. In television, he created and executive produced Happy Endings and Marry Me. Caspe also co-created Champaign ILL.

 

Jordan Cahan   

Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner

 JORDAN CAHAN grew up in Chicago. He writes movies and television. Cahan co-created BLACK MONDAY and Champaign ILL.

 

CAST

DON CHEADLE

Maurice “Mo” Monroe / Executive Producer

Academy Award nominee DON CHEADLE is, without question, one of the most highly sought-after and premier actors of his generation. Cheadle starred in and executive produced five seasons of the SHOWTIME series HOUSE OF LIES, which earned multiple nominations for the series and Cheadle himself, including four Emmy nominations, an NAACP Image Award and five additional NAACP Image Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award and two additional Golden Globe nominations and a SAG Award nomination.

Cheadle will soon reprise his role of Colonel James Rhodes in the Marvel film Avengers: Endgame, which is scheduled to be released in April. The character first appeared in the mega-box-office-hit film Iron Man 2 and subsequently in Iron Man 3Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. He is also set to star alongside Lil Rel Howery and Kevin Hart in Black Stallions, a comedy about rival brother jockeys. In 2016, Cheadle starred in, directed, co-wrote and produced his first feature film, Miles Ahead, based on the life of legendary jazz artist Miles Davis. He received an NAACP Image Award nomination and the film won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

A prolific producer, Cheadle produced St. Vincent, The Guard and Traitor. Additional film credits include his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in A Blue Dress, Talk To Me, the Oscar winning Best Picture Crash, which Cheadle also produced, Hotel Rwanda, for which his performance garnered Academy Award, Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critics Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s ThirteenReign Over Me with Adam Sandler, the Academy Award winning film Traffic, Out of SightBoogie Nights, Bulworth, Swordfish, Mission To MarsRosewood, for which Cheadle earned an NAACP Image Award nomination, FlightFamily Man, Colors, Hamburger Hill, Manic and Things Behind The Sun. On the small screen, Cheadle recently voiced Donald Duck on DuckTales. His performance as Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. He earned an Emmy nomination for his starring role in A Lesson Before Dying. Other television credits include Rebound: The Legend Of Earl ‘The Goat’ ManigaultPicket Fences, an Emmy nominated guest-starring role on ER and The Golden Palace. He also participated in the SHOWTIME® multi-part television event Years of Living Dangerously, about the global effects of climate change.

His philanthropic work includes serving as a U.N. Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. He also produced the documentary film Darfur Now, an examination of the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur and, in 2007, he and George Clooney shared a Peace Summit Award at the 8th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome for their work in the region.

 

ANDREW RANNELLS

Blair Pfaff / Producer

 ANDREW RANNELLS is a Grammy® Award winning stage, film and television actor. On television, Rannells is best known for his role as Elijah Krantz in the series Girls, opposite Lena Dunham. He also appeared in The Knick, The New Normal and the revival of Will & Grace. Previously, Rannells starred as Darren in a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother. Other notable television credits include Sofia the First, Welcome to the Wayne, Drunk History, Another Period, and Comedy Bang! Bang!. Rannells is well known for his work on stage, having starred in a series of acclaimed Broadway shows including Ryan Murphy’s production of The Boys in the Band at the Booth Theatre. He began his stage career in 2005 in the Broadway production of Hairspray, followed by a run on Broadway in Jersey Boys. Rannells originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, for which he received Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations. As a soloist on the show’s original cast recording, he received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Rannells starred as Hedwig in the 2014 Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and as King George III in the acclaimed Hamilton. He recently played Whizzer in the 2016 Broadway revival of Falsettos, for which he received his second Tony nomination, and performed as part of Live from Lincoln Center Presents – Stars in Concert series. His film credits include A Simple Favor, Why Him? and The Intern. He is also set to star in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming adaptation of The Prom, alongside Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden, premiering in 2020. In addition, he has voiced numerous characters, including the Pokémon series, Sonic X, Archie’s Weird Mysteries, Yu-Gi-Oh! Chaotic, The Simpsons and Big Mouth, and will soon be heard in the upcoming series Invincible, premiering in 2020. Rannells’ first literary project, Too Much Is Not Enough, was published last year.

 

REGINA HALL

Dawn Towner / Producer

REGINA HALL began her acting career in the late 1990s while simultaneously earning a master's degree from New York University. With numerous film and television credits to her name, Hall has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses. Hall was most recently nominated for an NAACP Award for her role as Dawn in BLACK MONDAY. Hall was seen in the critically acclaimed film The Hate U Give, which premiered at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival in 2018. In addition, Hall also starred in Support the Girls, released in August 2018, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her work in the film. In 2019, Hall not only starred in the hit comedy Little alongside Issa Rae and Marsai Martin, she also executive produced the film partnering with Girls Trip producer Will Packer and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. She recently wrapped production for the upcoming thriller Breaking News in Yuba County, also starring Allison Janney and Mila Kunis and it was recently announced Hall is set to star and executive produce the upcoming occult drama Master. In 2017, Hall starred in the fan favorite Girls Trip alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish. Hall can also be seen starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in 2019’s Shaft. Other past films include: When the Bough Breaks, Barbershop 3, The Best Man Holiday, Think Like A Man Too, About Last Night, Law Abiding Citizen and Scary Movie, as well as its three sequels. Hall also had supporting roles in Love & Basketball and Disappearing Acts. On television, she appeared in guest roles on Grandfathered, Insecure and Black-ish. Other credits include With This Ring, Married, Law & Order: LA and Ally McBeal.

 

PAUL SCHEER

Keith Shankar

 PAUL SCHEER is a SAG Award-winning actor, writer and director who has established himself as one of today’s go-to comedic artists in film and television. Recent and upcoming screen credits include Veep, The Good Place, Curb Your Enthusiasm,  Fresh Off the Boat,  Future Man The League and Human Discoveries. Screen credits also include Long Shot, the feature Slice and the SXSW coming-of-age drama Summer 03. Scheer was also featured in the Oscar-nominated film The Disaster Artist. Additionally, he co-hosts two popular podcasts, How Did This Get Made and Unspooled. Scheer also recently directed an episode of the forthcoming anthology series, Marvel's 616 and is also developing an interactive comedy series. 

 

CASEY WILSON

Tiffany Georgina

 CASEY WILSON can most recently be seen in Always Be My Maybe opposite Ali Wong and Randall Park and the comedy series Mrs. Fletcher, opposite Kathryn Hahn. She can next be seen in Long Weekend opposite, Finn Wittrock, Damon Wayans Jr. and Zoe Chao. Wilson was a series regular on the comedy series Marry Me and Happy Endings. She was twice-nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance on the latter show, and Variety has called her one of the “Top 10 Comics to Watch.” Wilson’s other recent television credits include Atypical; Tig Notaro’s series One Mississippi; The Mindy Project; as well as Black-Ish, Fresh Off the Boat and Grey’s Anatomy. She co-hosts, alongside Danielle Schneider, the Earwolf podcast Bitch Sesh. Wilson’s most recent film credits include The Long Dumb Road, directed by Hannah Fidell; The Disaster Artist, directed by James Franco; Why Him? directed by John Hamburg; and The Meddler with Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon. She has also appeared in David Fincher's Gone Girl, Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia, and Kyle Alvarez's indie feature C.O.G. She was a featured player on Saturday Night Live for two seasons and has guest starred on Bored To Death and How I Met Your Mother. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. After graduation she co-wrote and performed (along with best gal pal June Diane Raphael) the two-woman sketch comedy show, "Rode Hard and Put Away Wet" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. Wilson and Raphael co-wrote Bride Wars, starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, and played the leads and co-wrote Assbackwards. Wilson’s directorial debut, Daddio, which she also wrote and starred in, premiered at TIFF in the Short Cuts Program.

 

 

 

 

EPISODE SYNOPSES

Episode 1 – “365”
Written by Jordan Cahan & David Caspe
Directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Recurring Guest Stars: Kurt Braunohler, Eugene Cordero,
Yassir Lester, Ken Marino, Casey Wilson

Wide-eyed Blair is thrust into the insane world of ’80s Wall Street. Mo enacts his master plan to take over the Georgina Jeans Company.

 

Episode 2 – “364”
Written by Jessi Klein
Directed by Charles Stone III
Guest Star: Paul Rust
Recurring Guest Stars: Kurt Braunohler, Eugene Cordero,
Kadeem Hardison, Yassir Lester, Horatio Sanz

A Hollywood screenwriter shadows Mo at the office, as he and Dawn fight over her desire to be made a partner. Keith plays a prank on Blair.

 

Episode 3 – “339”
Written by Jim Brandon & Brian Singleton
Directed by Charles Stone III
Guest Stars: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tim Russ
Recurring Guest Stars: Kadeem Hardison, Melissa Rauch,
Jason Michael Snow, Casey Wilson


Mo attempts to create a father/son bond with Blair. Dawn and Spencer (guest star Kadeem Hardison) have a lively dinner with Dawn’s parents. Keith finds his secret increasingly difficult to hide.

Press:

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