BBC Three Picks Up Freeform Dramas ‘Good Trouble’ & ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’
BBC Three has picked up two drama from US network Freeform it has been announced – alt-history/fantasy series ‘Motherland: Fort Salem‘, where witches fight for the government, and teen drama ‘Good Trouble‘.
‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ is set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country. The drama follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.
Taylor Hickson (‘Deadly Class’) portrays Raelle, a reluctant recruit with major authority issues whose mother recently died in the line of duty. Jessica Sutton (‘The Kissing Booth’) is Tally, a kind, strong-willed and curious witch who enlisted despite her mother’s passionate disapproval. Ashley Nicole Williams plays Abigail, an unquestionably alpha, smart, driven and courageous witch who hails from the upper echelons of military witch society and is excited to be joining the ranks of the witches’ army. Amalia Holm (‘Playground’) rounds out the young witch recruits playing Scylla, a playful yet dark and mischievous recruit who is not what she appears to be. Demetria McKinney (‘The Saints and Sinners’) plays Anacostia, a tough but wryly humorous drill sergeant whose chief concern is keeping the young recruits alive through basic training. Lyne Renee (‘Deep State’) recurs as General Sarah Alder, the highest-ranking officer in the Armed Forces and the only leader the witches have ever known.
The ten-episode, one-hour drama is written and created by Eliot Laurence and produced by Freeform Studios, Gary Sanchez Productions and McKay’s new multiplatform company, Hyperobject Industries. Gary Sanchez Productions recently produced ‘Vice,’ which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and most recently, McKay and Messick received Golden Globes for Best Drama Series for ‘Succession.’ Eliot Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick, Maria Maggenti and Steven Adelson serve as executive producers on the series. The pilot was directed by Steven A. Adelson (‘Riverdale,’ ‘Siren’). The series has been renewed for a 2nd Season.
‘Good Trouble’ follows Callie (Maia Mitchell – ‘The Fosters’, ‘The Lion Guard’) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez – ‘The Fosters’, ‘Secret Life of the American Teenager’) as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives in Los Angeles, as Mariana tackles the male-dominated world of tech and Callie faces the harsh realities of the federal legal system clerking for a federal judge.
After moving to The Coterie in Downtown Los Angeles, Callie and Mariana realize that living on their own is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Faced with new neighbours, new challenges and, of course, new romances, the sisters must depend on one another to navigate the City of Angels.
The series also stars Tommy Martinez (‘Riverdale’) as Gael, Sherry Cola (‘Claws’) as Alice, Zuri Adele (‘Plenty’) as Malika, and Roger Bart (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, ‘Episodes’) as Judge Wilson. The show is a spin-off from Freeform’s family drama ‘The Fosters’, but you don’t need to have seen the original drama to pick up this new series.
Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg serve as creators and showrunners; while Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., in association with Freeform.
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