A new series is on its way to Freeform; the network announced today that it has signed a script to series deal for “Party Girls,” a half-hour, single-camera dramedy inspired by the true story of Ericka Suzanne, daughter of the first female leader of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown.
The series will be set in Oakland in the 1970s and will follow Ericka’s attempt to survive her adolescence as her mother rises in the Party. Freefrom described the series in today’s announcement adding “The plot explores an unconventional mother-daughter relationship, balancing the stakes of the movement with the humor inherent in coming-of-age, and asking the question how do you rebel when your mom is leading a rebellion?”
From Platform One Media, headed by CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh, “Party Girls” will be executive produced by Elisa Ellis of Platform One Media (“Narcos”), Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy Productions (“grown-ish,” “black-ish”), and Lance Krall and Peter Siaggas of Picture It Productions, with Dayna Lynne North (“Insecure”) set to write the pilot script and serve as executive producer/showrunner, should it go to series. Ericka Suzanne is repped by the Law Office of Adia Z. May, P.C.
We don’t have a premiere window for the new series yet, so fans will have to stay tuned for more information. Casting and other information on the new series will most likely be announced over the next few months.
The new series will add an interesting drama to the network’s slate, which already has “Siren,” “Good Trouble,” and “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.” On the comedy side of things the show “grown-ish,” a spinoff of “black-ish,” is still the leading series in that drama. The YA network hasn’t had too many political dramas in the past, which could be a nice turn of pace for the network.