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FX Sets Premiere Date for Snowfall Drama, About Birth of Crack Epidemic

TVLine logo TVLine 5/8/2017 Matt Webb Mitovich
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FX’s forecast calls for Snowfall this summer.

The John Singleton-produced drama series chronicling the start of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles will premiere on Wednesday, July 5 at 10/9c, the cabler has announced.

Created by Singleton (Boyz n the Hood), Eric Amadio and showrunner Dave Andron (Justified), who will executive-produce alongside Thomas Schlamme, Michael London and Trevor Engelson, Snowfall is set in Los Angeles circa 1983, where “A storm is coming and its name is crack,” says the synopsis.

Set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it, the story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including Franklin Saint (played by Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Isabel), 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 Bridge), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

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