Black Monday is a comedy show created by Jordan Cahan and David Caspe that airs on Showtime. The show first premiered on 20 January 2019. Point Grey Pictures and Sony Pictures Television serve as the lead production companies of the show.
The show centers around The Jammer Group, a second-tier Wall Street trading firm, and its employees. This show is not based on a true story, but it takes us back in time to 1987 to a stock market crash that would go on to be one of the biggest collapses in the entire history of Wall Street.
Black Monday has a charismatic lead starcast in Don Cheadle, Paul Scheer, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall. Though, despite the big names attached to the show, Black Monday has had a mixed response from critics. Rolling Stone critic, Alen Sepinwall, had this to say about the show: “The series generates some laughs out its own self-awareness, as well as the sheer energy of stars Don Cheadle, Hall and Andrew Rannells. But those jokes ultimately undercut any attempt to take the characters and their story seriously.”
The series was supposedly conceived back in 2013 and was scheduled to be launched with the title Ball Street. Whatever the reasons behind it, the series was called off while in the developmental stage. Later, in 2017, Showtime ordered a pilot episode which was written by Cahan and Caspe, and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Finally, on 14 June 2018, it was retitled as Black Monday after an order of 10 episodes was placed by the network.
Don Cheadle is all praise of the series which was not without its challenges. “It’s outrageous and satirical and at times poignant — we’re walking a line, clearly, and that’s always risky,” he said. “But, ultimately, if you’re going to try to do something, let’s try to do it in a new way.”
Black Monday Cast: Who is in it?
Don Cheadle, a major movie star in his own right, plays the lead role of Maurice Monroe in the show. Cheadle was among the first actors to be confirmed in the show. He is a globally recognized star for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 3 (2013), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Iron Man 2 (2010), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He is expected to return in Avengers: Endgame (2019).