Showtime series inspired by 1987 Wall Street crash resumes
A series about the Wall Street crash of 1987 is going longer than the crash itself.
Showtime’s seriocomic “Black Monday” enters its second season Sunday, March 15, resuming in the aftermath of the event that shook New York’s financial center to its core. With Dawn and Blair (returning cast members Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells) as the novices in charge, there’s a lot to be concerned about … including the next possible move by money-minded maverick Maurice “Mo” Monroe (Don Cheadle, also an executive producer of the show). Paul Scheer also is back as Keith, Mo’s partner in crime figuratively and maybe literally, too.
“We’re really just beginning to crack some things about not just my character specifically, but where these relationships are going to ultimately go,” Cheadle says. “For me personally, I think there’s a lot more to investigate in the character and a lot more places to go. And I think we have a cast and creators that are excited and enthusiastic about trying to find out how far it can go.”
In terms of Dawn and Mo, Hall notes that a big question posed by “Black Monday” remains, “Can you trust someone in love who you don’t trust in business?” However, executive producer and co-creator (both along with David Caspe) Jordan Cahan adds, “Part of the fun of the show is that the characters are a little bit omniscient, in the sense that they can make fun of the genre that they’re actively in. (It’s) like they’re kind of in an ’80s movie, but they can still make fun of the ’80s, which I think is a tricky line.”
Rannells appreciates that “Black Monday” gives him the license to turn his alter ego totally around. “He starts off as this very well-meaning guy who thinks he can kind of come in and take Wall Street by storm,” the veteran of Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” reflects, “just with the power of sheer will and hard work, and very quickly learns that that’s not how the world works … and then gets to flip really completely. I think that was the exciting part about doing the second season; we sort of left Blair at the end of Season 1 on the precipice of making a lot of personal decisions, then, this season we really get to launch into them. And he gets dark real fast.”
If Showtime should order additional seasons of “Black Monday,” Caspe (whose wife, Casey Wilson, also is in the cast) is up for it. “I would love to do the ‘90s and the 2000s,” he confirms. “As long as they’ll let us continue to make shows, I think we’ll continue to make them.”