Emmy Winner Lena Waithe’s TV domination continues and I’m so here for it. According to TV Line Amazon has announced a 2-season order of a new horror anthology series from Waithe titled, THEM. The series will blend horror and social commentary and based on the plot for the first season racism will serve as the series backdrop. Written by Little Marvin, the first season, which will be called, THEM: COVENANT, “is set in 1953 and centers on Alfred and Lucky Emory, a couple who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on “a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.”
Waithe will serve as Executive Producer along with Marvin, Roy Lee, Miri Yoon, and Michael Connelly. The series pitch must have had a hell of an effect on Waithe. As she described:
“Little Marvin’s script stayed with me for weeks after I read it,” said Waithe. “He’s written something that’s provocative and terrifying. The first season will speak to how frightening it was to be black in 1953. It will also remind us that being black in 2018 is just as horrifying. This anthology series will examine the cultural divides among all of us and explore us vs THEM in a way we’ve never seen before.”
This is such exciting news. Lena Waithe is quickly becoming a major force in thought-provoking television and this idea for the series has me intrigued. With her work on MASTERS OF NONE and THE CHI, I have full confidence in this series. No casting details have been announced yet but stay tuned here as more details will emerge.