As is its wont, Showtime has released the premiere episode of its upcoming comedy series Black Monday to watch online for free (and you can do so below!) The show stars Don Cheadle as the head of a misfit group of Wall Street traders, which includes Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Horatio Sanz, Yassir Lester, and Andrew Rannells. According to the press release, “Together, they take on the moneyed, blueblood, old-boys club of New York finance and end up unwittingly crashing a Lamborghini limousine, the glass ceiling and the world’s largest financial system in this scathing comic commentary on 1980s excess.” It all leads up to the worst day in American stock market history, with the massive Black Monday crash of October 19, 1987.
The series was created and executive produced by David Caspe (Happy Endings) and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl), who also serve as showrunners. James Weaver and Don Cheadle also serve as executive producers, and fellow EPs Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg directed the pilot.
Here’s the full official synopsis for Black Monday:
It’s all happening at The Jammer Group, a ragtag Wall Street firm headed by Maurice “Mo” Monroe (Emmy nominee and Golden Globe® winner Don Cheadle). Mo leads his team of misfit traders, including no-nonsense Dawn (Regina Hall, Girls Trip), eager-to-please Keith (SAG® Award winner Paul Scheer, The League), wild man Wayne (Horatio Sanz, Saturday Night Live), and hotshot Yassir (Yassir Lester, Making History). Into this motley mix walks Blair Pfaff (Tony® Award nominee and Grammy® winner Andrew Rannells, Girls), a young wide-eyed trader who gets in way over his head. Together, they take on the moneyed, blueblood, old-boys club of New York finance and end up unwittingly crashing a Lamborghini limousine, the glass ceiling and the world’s largest financial system in this scathing comic commentary on 1980s excess.
Recurring guest stars are Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) as Blair’s girlfriend, Kurt Braunholer (Bunk) as Jammer foe Ty Daverman, Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer) as the Leighman Brothers and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island) as a Jammer Group trader. Among the many guest stars are Emmy
and two-time Oscar® nominee Bruce Dern as legendary trader Rod, Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) as Keith’s loving wife Shira and Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) as Dawn’s husband Spencer, with Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless) and Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager) as Daw’s artist mother Ruth and professor father Walter. Julie Hagerty (Airplane!, Instant Family) and Phil Reeves (Veep) are heads of a designer denim empire and Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon) plays Mike, a Broadway actor.