Damson Idris as Franklin Saint.
For those who enjoy the period trappings of The Get Down but wish it had the despairing verisimilitude of The Wire, FX has you covered. The network has ordered Snowfall, a period drama set during the early days of the 1980s crack-cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, to series. The series centers on Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler who’s in the midst of a crime family’s power struggle; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative with a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Luica Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord. Dave Andron (Justified, Knight Rider) will be the showrunner and executive-produce the series, alongside a murderers’ row of other executive producers: Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing, The Americans), John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious), Eric Amadio (After Sex, Stuntmen), Michael London (Sideways, House of Sand and Fog), and Trevor Engelson (Remember Me, All About Steve). Snowfall’s ten-episode first season will debut in 2017.