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City on a Hill on Showtime

‘City On A Hill’: Sarah Shahi To Recur On Showtime Drama Series

by Denise Petski

and Nellie Andreeva

January 14, 2019 12:30pm

EXCLUSIVE: Person of Interest alumna Sarah Shahi is set for a key recurring role opposite Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in City On A Hill, Showtime’s upcoming drama series executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd.

Created, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in the early 1990s Boston, rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. The fictional account centers on assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) who arrives from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Shahi will play Rachel Behnam, a street-smart investigator for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Produced by Showtime, City On A Hill also stars Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Lauren E. Banks (Instinct), Amanda Clayton (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong), Kevin Chapman (Brotherhood) and Tony nominee Jere Shea (Passion), with Kevin Dunn (Veep) recurring.

The series is executive produced by Chuck McLean, Tom Fontana, who also serves as showrunner and one of the writers, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd, Michael Cuesta, James Mangold and Barry Levinson. MacLean wrote the pilot and Cuesta directed. Kevin Bacon and Jorge Zamacona serve as co-executive producers.

Shahi, who previously headlined USA Network’s drama Fairly Legal, co-starred as Sameen Shaw on CBS’ Person of Interest, played Carmen on The L Word, recurred on Chicago Fire, Pitch and most recently starred on Reverie.

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Off to a promising start. I hadn't planned on watching this until I heard more about whether it's any good. But when I was setting up the Showtime Anytime app on my Roku last night, I happened to see the premiere episode available. Aldis Hodge is rock solid, and Kevin Bacon is great in his role.
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I also thought it was a decent start. Quite the cast they have in any case. I'll be watching.
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This was good, hopefully they don’t have to remind us that the show is set in Boston too often
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Show set in Boston and it's apparently going to feature racism and also bank robbers.

Not familiar with the main cast other than Bacon but some faces are familiar.
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This was good, hopefully they don’t have to remind us that the show is set in Boston too often
I was just happy I could understand most of what the native Bostonians were saying without subtitles. Though I got a little confused when they were talking about Charlestown like it was in another state or country.

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I was just happy I could understand most of what the native Bostonians were saying without subtitles. Though I got a little confused when they were talking about Charlestown like it was in another state or country.



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Heh, Charlestown is across the way...it was featured in the Ben Affleck movie The Town
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As someone from Boston who's fairly sensitive to overdone accents, this show really does a great job of getting the local color and the period details right. I had a good laugh when it showed that the heavy works at a Purity Supreme (a.k.a. "Poverty Supreme") grocery store.

I have to take away a couple points, however, because the grocery store had a beer and liquor section, which wouldn't have been possible in the early '90s due to the Blue Laws.

Overall I liked the show, but it doesn't exactly break any new ground. I feel like I've seen this same basic story a bunch of times before.

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While I agree it's nothing overly original, I really enjoyed the opening episode. High production values, well drawn characters and the dialogue was snappy. Also quite gritty in places. Will definitely be sticking with it.
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In an era when very little is original anymore in TV-land in terms of premise and setting, the quality of the show will hinge on the characters and their relationships (and how well acted they are) and the story telling. If a crime-drama set in early 1990s Boston can hold my interest (as someone who rarely watches any kind of procedural crime drama anymore), that will be saying something.
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Seems they were trying for a "Mystic River" vibe... worked in some scenes, not in others.


Interesting twist with the snitch at the end of the episode....

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Watched episode two last night.... really liked it. It takes time to get in to and learn all the players, but it's worth it once you learn "who's who".
Kevin Bacon is excellent as always, and they really got the whole Boston vibe/culture down perfectly including everyday family dynamics/drama not pertaining to the criminal activities of the characters.
If the rest of the episodes deliver this kind of quality this show will win awards.
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I like how the show is developing backstories for the "villain" characters too, so they aren't just caricatures of greedy two-bit crooks going after the next big score. I was almost starting to care about the main guy, but then had to remind myself that he basically executed a bunch of armored truck drivers.
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I got the sense that he knew at least one of the guards. Probably same neighborhood or school growing up.
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No spoilers . But...

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This show is really starting to grow on me. Every time I turn around I see another recognizable actor in a relatively minor supporting role (at least for now): Seth Gilliam, Gloria Reuben, James Remar, Cathy Moriarity, Kevin Dunn, etc. I also liked seeing the two main wife characters getting fleshed out more in episode three.
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I saw my first cellphone in the series, the Motorola that Bacon is using.
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I had one of those too! Even had one of those bag style phones that were hooked up in a vehicle.
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I saw my first cellphone in the series, the Motorola that Bacon is using.

That was my first cell phone too. After my bag phone, that is. And, being a Trekie, LOVED that it was called a 'Communicator'.


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That was my first cell phone too. After my bag phone, that is. And, being a Trekie, LOVED that it was called a 'Communicator'.


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And it was built for the human anatomy. Now we have 2001 style obelisks. That is not progress.
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Episode 2 was even better than the pilot IMO. Features one of the most brutal moments I can recall seeing on a TV show. Bacon should win every award going for his performance in this.
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This is pretty close to what I had in the late 80's:



I had the option to either get that phone or the "brick" style handheld phone. Since I lived out in the suburbs, the sales guy advised getting the bag phone since it had like 3 times the transmitting power to reach what were, at the time, towers that were few and far between.

It was a pain to carry around, so I ended up just pulling the guts out of the bag and installing it semi-permanently in my car. I used that up until the flip phone mentioned above came out and I bought one of those.
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Didn't realize the hawtie assistant "Rachel" was none other than Sarah Shahi...


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This show keeps getting better and better... KB will get an award for his work!
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