Looks like it's more like second time's the charm for Showtime, with the cable network resurrecting half-hour Wall Street comedy Ball Street. Don Cheadle (House of Lies) is returning to the network with Andrew Rannells (The Intern) for the series, which has been formally moved to pilot. David Caspe (Happy Endings), writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl), Seth Gordon & Evan Goldberg (Preacher) and Sony Pictures TV Studios are spearheading the project.
Here's the network's rundown of what the series is about:
"Ball Street takes us back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday – the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it. Until now… Ball Street is the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world's largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley's birthday party, and the glass ceiling."
The series will focus on three main characters: Cheadle's Rod "The Jammer" Jaminski, a major player on Wall Street and a proven "Master of the Universe; Rannells' Blair Shmerman, a fresh-out-of-Wharton trading newbie trying to make a name for himself on Wall Street and survive; and Dawn Darcy, Jaminski's right-hand woman and the first female head trader on Wall Street.
For Showtime president David Nevins, it was about finding an interesting way to examine a very costly and complicated topic, and how the dreams of a booming Wall Street in the late 1980's led to the financial nightmares of the 21st Century:
"When the global economy incinerates itself, people always wonder why. Ball Street is a dream project rising from the ashes of that disaster. In Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells, we have two of the most dynamic performers in the world today – the question is which one of them lit the match. With Seth, Evan, David and Jordan at the helm, we are primed for the launch of something memorable."
Caspe and Cahan are handling script and showrunner responsibilities; with Gordon and Goldberg directing a production slated to start February 2018. All four will executive produce the project, which will be a co-production between Showtime and Sony TV.
Ball Street was originally developed at Showtime about four years ago, The project was brought back last fall and put on fast-track development a few months after Showtime bought half-hour project Manhunt from Caspe, Cahan, Gordon, Goldberg and Sony TV.