The Showtime thriller “City on a Hill,” executive produced by Massachusetts natives Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, is set in early 1990s Boston, a time when a crime is on the rise and police enforcement tends to look the other way, if not actively participate in outright corruption. That all changes when former Brooklyn lawyer DeCourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) is appointed Assistant District Attorney and joins forces with sleazy but earnest FBI veteran Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) to deliver justice to Beantown.
With its thick Boston accents, drinking, and tense armed robberies, “City on a Hill” will appeal to fans of “The Departed,” “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” and Affleck’s own Charlestown-set film, “The Town.” Season 1 received some critical acclaim, earning a 76 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while one AV Club critic lauded the show’s March 2021 premiere, stating that it “begins its sophomore session with the brazen confidence of Kevin Bacon’s Jackie Rohr.”
With Season 2 of “City on a Hill” set to conclude in May 2021, here is everything we presently know about Season 3.
What Is the Release Date for Season 3 of City on a Hill?
Deadline reported in June 2021 that Showtime had greenlit Season 3 of “City on a Hill,” which will consist of eight episodes. Though the second season ended just a few weeks before the renewal announcement, it already appeared a fair bet that the show would be renewed, given the show’s critical praise and the popularity of stars Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge.
Fortunately, fans will likely not have to wait as long for Season 3 as they did for Seasons 1 and 2. The first season began in August 2019, while the second season was delayed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Deadline stated at the time of the renewal announcement that the third season of the Showtime drama would begin filming in late 2021 in New York City. That looks to be the case, as filming appears to be continuing as of late January 2022, according to a video update from the set released by Bacon on Instagram. With filming well started, it appears likely that Season 3 of “City of a Hill” will premiere later in 2022, as Deadline observed in June.
Who Is Cast in Season 3 of City on a Hill?
It’s expected that the majority of the regular actors will return for Season 3 of “City on a Hill.” Kevin Bacon is reprising his role as Jackie Rohr, as evidenced by the actor’s aforementioned Instagram activity. Additionally, it feels secure to sleep. Aldis Hodge will reprise his role as DeCourcy Ward, Lauren E. Banks will reprise her role as Siobhan Quay, and Jill Hennessey will reprise her role as Jenny Rohr in Season 3. Mark Ryder’s Father Doyle, a Season 2 recurrent character, is also expected to return for another season.
Amanda Clayton as Cathy Ryan, on the other hand, seems unlikely to return, given her character appeared to have left Boston, and the program, for good in the Season 2 finale “Pax Bostonia.” Grace Campbell, Pernel Walker’s activist character, may have played a role in the plot, having witnessed her gang member sons Anton and Kelvin die tragically. Both characters’ journeys appear to have concluded naturally, though we won’t know for certain until Season 3.
What Is the Plot of Season 3 of City on a Hill?
The Season 2 finale, “Pax Bostonia,” concludes with certain people seemingly at a crossroads, while others struggle to find a way ahead. Siobhan (Lauren E. Banks) appears to be joining the ACLU in Season 3, much to the annoyance of her husband DeCourcy (Aldis Hodge), as this will very certainly result in their prolonged professional feuding.
Meanwhile, FBI Agent Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) is without his badge, which he tossed into the sea in true “Dirty Harry” fashion at the end of the last episode after destroying his career at the OPR meeting. Season 3 might show the agent delving deeper into corruption or even departing from the Bureau entirely. Jackie as a rogue agent would be intriguing after spending so much time riding the border between corruption and law.
Season 2 also established narrative lines involving the IRA and the Catholic Church’s corruption, both of which are highly important to Boston’s history and maybe developed wonderfully in Season 3. For the time being, if you want to catch up on the show, both seasons are available on Hulu.