SHOWTIME has unveiled the official trailer for its new comedy series BLACK MONDAY. It was released on the 31st anniversary of “Black Monday” the shows namesake & date of the worst stock market crash ever. The show stars Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall and Cheadle, who’s also the executive producer. The 10-episode series will premiere on Sunday, January 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT., we’ll be watching because Don Cheadle is our guy, and frankly, there appears to be drugs and sex.
The show is a period piece that begins October 19, 1987—aka Black Monday, remembered as the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. We remember this period, it was rrrrough. There was crack everywhere, unemployment was insane and brothers literally ran through streets of Detroit with stolen tv’s. (Yes, I’m still traumatized. If your television was stolen on Kilbourne Street circa 1987, get @ me, I still remember the faces.) Oh shoot, off subject. Ah, okay, back to Showtime.
Is ‘Black Monday’ really funny?
How can this show be funny without a lead comic? Don Cheadle is one of the most amazing and underrated actors of our time, and he’s got decent comedic timing (see House of Lies), but can he really carry a comedy? Showtime calls the show an “outrageous comedy series,” well, the preview does look outrageous, and it does appear interesting, but the jury is out on the ‘comedy’ part.
“IF” and we do mean “IF” this show can make us laugh, it’s going to be a surefire hit. Even if it isn’t side-splitting funny, you can’t lose with Cheadle and Regina Hall. Hall has become a fan favorite who delivers authentic performances Black and White audiences we can relate to. BTW, Kadeem Hardison will be Hall’s husband (wait, a dark-skinned couple on a television show? WTW). Don’t know where the hell he’s been, but we’re glad he’s back. The cast is well paired and the premise seems well-crafted, this should be a winner.
We’re pulling for this show, hope you will too. Set a reminder for January 20th, should be a great show.