Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — perhaps you’ve heard of them — are executive producing a drama series for Showtime called “City on a Hill.” The show, written by Chuck MacLean, is set in Boston in the 1990s, and it’s a fictionalized account of the “Boston Miracle,” a.k.a. “Operation Ceasefire.” A black DA newly arrived from Brooklyn and a corrupt but respected FBI veteran team up on an initiative against youth gun violence. Working together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown, triggering a case that takes the city by storm.
The latest news on “City on a Hill” involves casting. Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge will be headlining the drama, with Michael Cuesta (“Homeland,” “Dexter,” “Six Feet Under”) directing. Bacon will play the FBI guy and Hodge, from “TURN: Washington’s Spies” and “Leverage,” will play the DA. Bacon also stars in Amazon’s “I Love Dick,” but that series, from Jill Soloway, is in limbo. It premiered in May but Amazon hasn’t announced a renewal yet, and Bacon’s participation in “City on a Hill” may be a clue that it won’t be back.
So will Bacon and company — not including Hodge, who’ll have the excuse of coming from Brooklyn — try to compete with the “Ray Donovan” actors in the Worst Boston Accent category? Let’s hope so — I mean, let’s hope not.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.