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Review: Cop drama ‘City On A Hill’ finds Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Boston is no beacon

Executive producers include well-known greater Boston products Ben Affleck (who approached creator Chuck MacLean with the germ of an idea) and his partner-pal Matt Damon, bringing the local cred. They’re joined by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, whose “Homicide: Life on the Street” was a model of the naturalistic, character-driven, site-specific procedural. (Fontana is also the showrunner here.) Through David Simon, who worked on “Homicide” (and wrote the book on which it was based), they are also grandfathers to “The Wire” and “Show Me a Hero,” big-canvas civic dramas that “City on a Hill” doesn’t seek to emulate, exactly, but with which it shares concerns. (“Deadwood,” another story of metropolitan evolution, is a cousin, and a closer one than the many New England crime dramas the new series superficially resembles.)