Viola Davis Introduces New Comedy Series
As part of the production deal she signed with ABC, Davis is in the process of developing a comedy about a black family in the 1960s.
According to ABS, The Zipcoders, a music-themed comedy, follows the lives of a divorced mother and her three children who have recently moved to Austin, Texas. The family’s big move comes just after the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr., but the bright side of the new location is that it brings them closer to a beloved relative.
Upon moving, the three kids, all in their teens, decide to start a Rock n’ Roll band. Hoping to achieve stardom, the band winds up confusing the community instead. The show will be produced by JuVee productions, owned and run by Davis and husband Julius Tennon.
The duo worked together to develop the concept for the show.
“‘The Zipcoders’ is near and dear to my heart. Viola and I love what Marshall Todd put on the page,” Tennon said in a statement. “The world, the characters and a fun-loving take on music, relationships, dreams and family. Over our conference room door is etched ‘Dream Big. Dream Fierce,’ and this show really underlines that ethos.”
Barbershop co–writer Marshall Todd will draft the script for The Zipcoders and is responsible for originally pitching the family comedy to ABC and ABC studios.
“This project gives me the opportunity to tell a story that … doesn’t travel in the usual tropes. As a parent, I was inspired to tell a story from the dual perspective of parents and children in a world where the rules are constantly changing,” explained Todd. “I have found in Viola and the squad at JuVee the perfect co-conspirators. [They are] dedicated to telling the types of stories that entertain while contributing to the larger cultural conversation.”
Todd will also share executive producer duties with Andrew Wang, head of TV at JuVee Productions.
By: Danielle Dixon
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