Black Monday Trailer: Showtime Goes Retro For Don Cheadle’s New TV Series

Don Cheadle Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall in Black Monday

Recently, Showtime dropped a coke-filled teaser trailer for Black Monday, and now, on the anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash, the premium channel has delivered a full trailer for the upcoming series. Starring Don Cheadle (who also executive produces), Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, and Paul Scheer, the series takes a quasi-comedic look at the cause of the crash and, as told by directors Seth Rogen and Even Goldberg, the new show looks to have plenty of personality and visual stye.

Though Rogen and Goldberg will serve as executive producers on the show — in addition to directing the pilot — Black Monday is created by David Caspe (Happy Endings) and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl). And in addition to the already impressive cast headlining the series, viewers can look forward to guest appearances by Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer), Horatio Sans (GLOW), Kurt Braunohler (The Big Sick), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory), and even Bruce Dern (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). 

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In true ‘80s fashion, the full trailer goes all-in on Wall Street’s love of excess. From the irresponsible amount of cocaine on hand to the flashy cars and the not-so humble abodes, the trailer itself is cut more like a music video than an ad for a dark comedy about financial malfeasance. The end result is basically a more aggressive teaser trailer hopped up on its own supply. In other words, it doesn’t disappoint. 

While the teaser had Cheadle high-fiving a robot, the full trailer delivers some actual interaction between the characters. At one point Cheadle’s Maurice Monroe seems to have successfully convinced Rannells’ Blair Pfaff to join him in whatever ill-conceived plot he’s cooked up, and, unsurprisingly, Pfaff is all for it. The rest of the trailer seems to focus on more of the cast’s antics, as it becomes clearer Monroe and his crew don’t necessarily fit in with the rest of Wall Street. How that outsider element comes into play isn’t exactly clear yet, but it does give the show a more interesting angle to play beyond the exploding bags of narcotics and bodies crashing into the roofs of expensive super cars. 

No doubt there will be more trailers in the months to come, ones that offer a little more insight into the characters and their role in the stock market crash. But for now, viewers can rest assured that Black Monday may be the first must-watch new show of 2019. 

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Black Monday premieres Sunday, January 20 @10pm on Showtime.

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