Netflix released a trailer for “Dear White People: Vol. 4,” the musical final season premiering Sept. 22, revealing that at least a portion of the season will take place in the future, while the rest will be set during the usual gang’s senior year.
In the trailer, which you can watch below, Sam White (Logan Browning) wears a highly-fashionable face mask and sits across from Lionel (DeRon Horton) as they reminisce over their senior year, when they took part in a ’90s-themed musical, titled “The Varsity Show.”
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“Don’t you want that feeling back?” she asks.
Clips of their senior year show the musical moments are not relegated to the stage, with Troy (Brandon B. Bell), for example, doing his best LL Cool J in his dorm, while Reggie (Marque Richardson) sings “Virtual Insanity” at a gun range. But it isn’t all fun and games, as a new Black student group — Black AF — accuses “The Varsity Show” of being a minstrel show and decides to protest it — and anyone involved in it.
“Dear White People,” an extension of the film of the same name by Justin Simien, follows the students of Winchester University’s college campus. Sam hosts a radio show within the series that is called “Dear White People,” discussing issues of race, class and sexuality that bleeds into student’s personal conversations. Systemic issues such as police brutality and abuse of power were also discussed in previous seasons.
The series also stars Antoinette Robertson, John Patrick Amedori and Ashley Blaine Featherson. Simien and Jaclyn Moore serve as co-showrunners of “Dear White People: Volume 4.”
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Netflix announced that “You vs. Wild: Out Cold” will premiere on Sept. 14. The interactive movie, starring Bear Grylls and set after a plane crash, recruits viewers to help Grylls find his friend and escape danger. Bear Grylls, Delbert Shoopman of The Natural Studios, Rob Buchta, Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Liz Schulze, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens of Propagate Content serve as executive producers, while Ben Simms directs. See some first look images below.
Curiosity Stream announced that its first-ever feature-length original film, “Heval,” will premiere on Sept. 23. The documentary explores the story of British actor Michael Enright, who abandoned his Hollywood career to join the fight against ISIS in Syria. Although some saw him as a hero, others thought he was staging a publicity stunt. When his service ended, neither the U.K. nor the U.S. welcomed him back. “Heval” is produced by Jupiter Entertainment and Sky Studios for Curiosity Stream. Executive producers are Patrick Reardon, Harrison Land, Dave Madison, Rob Burk, Craig Rosebraugh, Matthew Einstein and Adam R. Wood, who also directs.
The History Channel has added “9/11: The Legacy” to its 20th anniversary of 9/11 programming lineup. This new documentary, which looks at the lives of children impacted by the terrorist attacks in 2001, premieres Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. It will be followed by the previously announced documentaries “Rise and Fall: The World Trade Center,” which premieres Sept. 10 at 8 p.m; “9/11: Four Flights,” which premieres Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.; and “9/11: I Was There,” which premieres Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. Additionally, “9/11: Rescue on the Water,” a special episode of the “History This Week” podcast is available Sept. 6. “9/11: The Legacy” is produced by the Category 6 Media group. Sharon Scott, Kristy Sabat, Jessica Conway and Sydney Trattner serve as executive producers for the Category 6 Media group; Alex Hicks serves as executive producer for The History Channel.
The History Channel also announced the premiere of “Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman”: The new unscripted series centering on prison escapes will launch Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. The eight-episode first season will feature Alcatraz; Clinton Correctional in Dannemora, N.Y.; Northern Ireland’s HM Maze Prison; the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee, and more. The show is produced by Revelations Entertainment. Lori McCreary, James Younger, Kelly Mendelsohn and Geoffrey Sharp are executive producers for Revelations Entertainment, with Jennifer Wagman and Max Micallef executive producing for The History Channel.
A&E will premiere “Secrets of Playboy,” which documents the world of Hugh Hefner and the implications of Playboy on society’s view of power and sexuality, in early 2022. The new docuseries features archival footage and interviews with insiders including Miki Garcia, director of Playmate Promotions; Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Sondra Theodore, past girlfriends of Hefner; Stefan Tetenbaum, Hefner’s personal valet; PJ Masten, Bunny Mother; Jennifer Saginor, Playboy Mansion West resident, along with members of Hefner’s staff and inner circle. “Secrets of Playboy” is produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) for A&E. Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Matt Shanfield serve as executive producers along with Alexandra Dean, who is the showrunner. The series is co-directed by Arlene Nelson. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Brad Abramson and Dolores Gavin serve as executive producers for A&E.
Lifetime greenlit “Flowers in The Attic: The Origin,” a four-part limited series starring Jemima Rooper and Max Irons. The series follows Olivia Winfield (Rooper), who finds herself unexpectedly wooed by Malcom Foxworth (Irons), an eligible bachelor. After being thrust into a life of luxury in the Foxworth Hall, Olivia uncovers Max’s dark heart and learns that Foxworth Hall is unsafe for her and her family. In order to protect her family from who she is becoming, she locks her grandchildren in the attic. Also starring alongside Rooper and Irons are Kelsey Grammer, Harry Hamlin, Paul Wesley, Kate Mulgrew, Alana Boden, Hannah Dodd, T’Shan Williams and Callum Kerr. Executive producers include Paul Sciarrotta, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Zoë Rocha, Gary Pearl, Dan Angel and Declan O’Dwyer, who also directed the first two episodes of the series. Robin Sheppard directed the third and fourth episodes. Scripts are from Sciarrotta, as well as Amy Rardin and Conner Good.
Apple announced that “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” has been renewed for a fifth season. Based on the popular segment from “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” the series pairs celebrities together to drive around, talking and singing songs together. “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” is produced for Apple by CBS Studios in association with Fulwell 73. James Corden and Ben Winston are the creators and executive producers; Eric Pankowski also executive produces.
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