- By Michael Jacobo
- Photo Courtesy of FX
Everyone loves a good period drama, but I sure do love the ones that take place in the 80s amid the incoming crack cocaine epidemic. Snowfall, premiering this month on FX, tackles that concept. The story follows several characters who become intertwined in the controversial narrative that is most definitely stranger than fiction.
The main set of characters whose lives are implicated in the series’ crime underworld are Franklin Saint (English newcomer Damson Idris), a 19-year-old drug dealer; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata, a Mexican wrestler; Teddy McDonald, a CIA operative; and Lucia Villanueva, the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime boss. Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Resident Evil: Afterlife) stars as Zapata, Carter Hudson (The Night Of) stars as McDonald, and Emily Rios (The Bridge) stars as Villanueva. The series covers the period just before crack cocaine become prevalent and dangerous in South Central Los Angeles.
Academy Award-nominated writer/director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) created the series. Dave Andron (Justified) and Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing) serve as executive producers. Singleton has stated the series has been a passion project of his. He took some of his own personal experiences to develop the character of Saint (take note of the ironic name). Part of the show’s appeal is its references to 80s pop culture; nostalgic, but not overwhelming (Adron took shoulder pads out of the costume designs).
“Snowfall” premieres July 15th on FX.