Filmmaker John Singleton has been building up his TV credits as of late, directing for series such as “Empire, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “Billions.” But “Snowfall” takes his small screen dabbling a step further, with Singleton serving as co-creator and an executive producer.
The 10-episode series, set up at FX, will explore the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. The series is set in 1983 and follows numerous characters, including Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a young street entrepreneur on the quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord. “I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything,” Singleton said when the series pick-up was announced. “It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture. I couldn’t have better partners for this journey.” “Snowfall” underwent rewrites, cast changes and reshoots and wasn’t ultimately picked up by FX until a year and a half after the cable network ordered the pilot. Dave Andron (“Justified,” “Knight Rider”) was brought in to run the show.