Showtime has ordered a drama pilot produced by Common.
Lena Waithe (Dear White People) will pen the script.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the currently untitled series is described as a coming-of-age story about a young black man “in which just growing up can be a matter of life and death.”
Showtime president David Nevins released the following statement:
“The two creative forces behind the show, both hailing from Chicago’s South Side, give this pilot an unparalleled authenticity. Lena Waithe is an extremely fresh, talented young writer with a unique voice and a deeply thoughtful perspective into the world where she grew up. I immediately gravitated to her script, which is emotional, funny, tragic and relevant, all at once. And, we are so fortunate to have artist and visionary Common for his first producing project in scripted television.”
We look forward to this, especially because of its cultural relevance.