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Showtime picks up Affleck/Damon drama

Showtime has made a series order for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon drama City On A Hill, set to premiere in 2019.

Based on an original idea by Affleck, the drama is set in early 90s Boston where the city is rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies where corruption and racism is rife.

The title will star Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge. It is executive produced by Affleck, Damon and Jennifer Todd for Pearl Street Films.

Bacon will also serve as co-executive producer, with Chuck MacLean writing the series.

City On A Hill has the veneer of a classic Boston cops-and-robbers drama, but actually dives head first into challenging the very institutions it depicts,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks.

“In reality, the series is a penetrating look at the larger criminal justice system and those who operate within it, with mesmerizing performances by Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge anchoring the suspense.”