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Showtime series ‘City on a Hill’ starts shooting in Boston

Jill Hennessy, shown in New York last month, will costar in “City on a Hill.”
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Jill Hennessy, shown in New York last month, will costar in “City on a Hill.”

Shooting has begun on “City on a Hill,” the Showtime pilot that’s executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

The promising pilot, based on an idea of Affleck’s (and screenwriter Chuck MacLean’s), is a fictional account of the so-called “Boston Miracle,” when law enforcement, prosecutors, and others came together in the mid-1990s to quell a deadly spasm of street violence.

The show, which began shooting here over the weekend, stars Hingham homey Kevin Chapman, best known for his work in “Mystic River” and the dearly departed CBS crime drama “Person of Interest,” as well as Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jere Shea, and Lauren E. Banks. Just added to the cast is Jill Hennessy, familiar from her work on “Law & Order” and “Crossing Jordan.” (In addition, according to Deadline, Cathy Moriarty, Michael O’Keefe, Amanda Clayton, and Rory Culkin are all set for guest roles that will recur if the project gets picked up.

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Hodge, know for his work on the TNT series “Leverage,” will play the district attorney. Bacon will star as a corrupt FBI agent, with Hennessy as his spunky wife. Chapman, who’s played a lot of cops in his career, plays another one in “City on a Hill.”

When he’s not busy on set, Chapman will be making it to as many Bruins home games as possible. That’s where we ran into the actor last week, with his buddy Steve DeOssie, the former NFL linebacker and current analyst for 98.5 The Sports Hub.