FX’s ‘Snow­fall’ moves on with­out John Sin­gle­ton

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To com­plete the new­est round of “Snow­fall,” the cast and crew had to push through the pain of los­ing one of its key cre­ative forces.

Os­car-nom­i­nated film­maker John Sin­gle­ton (“Boyz n the Hood”) was a co-creator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of FX’s drug-cul­ture drama, which de­buts its third sea­son Wed­nes­day, July 10. Sev­eral episodes re­mained to be filmed at the time of his death in April at age 51, and Dave An­dron – the “Snow­fall” showrun­ner who created it with Sin­gle­ton and Eric Ama­dio – “mar­vel(s) in think­ing about” how those be­hind and in front of the cam­eras pressed on­ward to get the job done.

“Peo­ple talk about how some­one would have wanted some­thing, and I’m al­ways a lit­tle skep­ti­cal of that,” An­dron re­flects, “but af­ter years of be­ing around John, every­one was very un­equiv­o­cal about him not want­ing them to stop. He loved that this story was be­ing told, and he was very proud of the di­rec­tion it had gone in. And peo­ple were amaz­ing. They just pow­ered through.

“It was over the last three or four episodes that this hap­pened,” notes An­dron. “There were two me­mo­rial ser­vices, and we shut down for those days. FX was re­ally won­der­ful about ac­knowl­edg­ing that peo­ple needed time to pro­cess it and to grieve.”

In sto­ry­telling terms, Sea­son 3 of “Snow­fall” dives deeper into op­pos­ing aims re­gard­ing the drug trade in mid-1980s Los An­ge­les. Neigh­bors Franklin Saint (played by Dam­son Idris) and An­dre Wright (Mar­cus Hen­der­son) con­tinue on different sides of the law, and Teddy McDonald (Carter Hud­son) and the CIA have their own agenda in the crack­co­caine-im­port­ing case that lo­cal po­lice have been prob­ing in South Cen­tral L.A.

“The story is about what hap­pened to the neigh­bor­hood,” An­dron notes. “Franklin and An­dre both love this place, but Franklin has no idea what he will have wrought (through his drug-deal­ing). We knew it would be rich ter­rain when we had earned the right to have these two guys go at each other.”

Even af­ter two sea­sons, An­dron says he’s got­ten lit­tle feed­back on “Snow­fall” from the law-en­force­ment com­mu­nity, “maybe be­cause they might not want to put them­selves in a po­si­tion of stand­ing up and be­ing counted among peo­ple who were let­ting things just kind of happen (dur­ing the pe­riod the show cov­ers).”

Dam­son Idris stars in “Snow­fall,” premier­ing its third sea­son Wed­nes­day on FX.

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