Don Cheadle’s Wall Street comedy Black Monday will continue to revel in the misdeeds of the Wall Street money makers, as Showtime has renewed the series for season 2. The ‘80s-set comedy takes a look at the largest one-day decline in stock market history, suggesting that Cheadle’s Mo Monroe and his fellow outsider traders, including Dawn Towner (Regina Hall), Keith Shankar (Paul Scheer), and Blair Pfaff (Andrew Rannells) were the ones whose shenanigans led to the precipitous and legendary drop.
The series was created bay Jordan Cahan and David Caspe, and is executive produced by Cheadle as well as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. That makes Black Monday the latest series for Rogen and Goldberg to continue on after its first season, joining the likes of Preacher and Future Man — both of which are set to deliver their final seasons — as well as the upcoming Amazon Prime series The Boys. Black Monday is a bit of a departure as its not only a period piece, but it also isn’t an adaption of a comic book series or heavily inspired by material from that same genre.
In an official release from Showtime, the first season of Black Monday proved successful enough for the premium cabler to warrant another season. Gary Levine, president of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., had this to say about the series, its stars, and what he hopes will come from its season 2 renewal:
"Black Monday mines big comedy from the greed, the style, the music, and the excess of the ’80s, but it’s also sneaky smart in its social commentary about that era – and indirectly, our current era as well. We can’t wait to see what inspired depravity David and Jordan will cook up in season two.”
So far, the series has made good on both the comedy front and its scathing critique of Wall Street excess — perhaps best illustrated by Mo high five-ing a robot butler in front of a mountain of cocaine. But it’s also made its characters easier to root for by pitting them against the old-boys club of those playing the stock market. The result is a smart comedy that pairs nicely with Showtime’s other offerings, despite being any of the network’s other half-hour comedies.
Black Monday will return to Showtime in 2020.