Viola Davis Sells Comedy About Black Teens To ABC
Viola Davis is adding to her lengthy résumé by selling a new comedy series to ABC. Davis’ new series, The Zipcoders, a comedy about a divorced mom of 3 in the 1960’s who relocated her family to the east side of Austin, Texas, after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
The potential series is about the group of teen friends, who aspire to be in a rock band like The Beatles. The idea for The Zipcoders came from Davis and her JuVee Productions partner and husband, Julius Tennon, who were inspired to tell a story about a group of African-American teens with feathered hair and bell-bottoms in the middle of the Deep South.
Barbershop’s Marshall Todd created the idea and will write the script for the family-focused comedy:
“This project gives me the opportunity to tell a story that, while specific to the African-American experience, doesn’t travel in the usual tropes,” Todd said. “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. Music has always been a passion of mine, and to be able to use it to inform this particular narrative was a provocative challenge. I have found in Viola and the squad at JuVee the perfect co-conspirators dedicated to telling the types of stories that entertain while contributing to the larger cultural conversation.”
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