Showtime Crime Drama Pilot “City on a Hill” Adds Jill Hennessy, Rounds Out Cast


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Showtime’s Boston crime drama has added several new actors to join Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge.

, , and have signed on as series regulars, while Cathy Moriarty, Michael O’Keefe, Amanda Clayton and Rory Culkin will guest star in the pilot and have recurring roles if the project is ordered to series.

City on a Hill is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” At the center is Decourcy Ward (Hodge), an African-American District Attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and the unlikely alliance he forms with Jackie Rhodes (Bacon), a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

Hennessy will play Jenny Rhodes, the feisty wife of Jackie Rhodes (Bacon), who has her own agenda. She is represented by .

Chapman has been cast as Dickie Minogue, a Boston cop who comes into conflict with Jackie. he is repped by .

Shea takes on the part of Hank Signa, an investigator for the Suffolk County DA who works with Decourcy Ward (Hodge).

Banks will play the part of Siobhan Quays, an attorney who is the wife of Decourcy Ward. She is repped by .

Moriarty has been cast as Ma Ryan, the doting mother of Frankie (Jonathan Tucker) and Jimmy (Mark O’Brien) who is too easy on Jimmy and too tough on Frankie.

O’Keefe will play Agent Clasby, a retiring FBI agent and former partner of Jackie, while Clayton portrays Cathy Ryan, the warm but tough wife of Frankie, and Culkin has been cast as Clay Roach, an informant who works for Jackie.

Based on an original idea by Ben Affleck and Chuck MacLean, City on a Hill is written by MacLean and will be directed and executive produced by Gavin O’Connor. The project will also be executive produced by James Mangold.

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