61st Street is a courtroom drama series from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat, Michael B. Jordan and AMC Studios.
61st Street follows Moses Johnson (Tosin Cole), a promising black high school athlete who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of the storm as cops and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong.
Moses is a kid from Chicago’s South Side. Athletic, smart, savvy, funny, and a seriously gifted runner, his future is mapped out. He’s 24 hours away from leaving home to take up an athletic scholarship at a college in New Hampshire, which is when he has an encounter with the Chicago Police Department that ends in the death of a white officer and Moses’ arrest for his killing.
Cast also includes series regulars Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country), Andrene Ward-Hammond (Your Honor), Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country), and the recently announced Jerod Haynes (The Village).
61st Street has been ordered as a two-season television event with eight episodes per season. It is slated to debut in 2021. It is executive produced by Jordan, Mayo, and Hilary Salmon (The Night Of). Moffat serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside J. David Shanks (The Chi). AMC Studios Content Distribution will manage worldwide sales.
Cole’s previous work includes Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Burning Sands.