Earlier than the benefit of streaming providers folks needed to go to a bodily retailer to select a film to look at and essentially the most iconic of those video rental shops was Blockbuster. Although Blockbuster shut down in 2014 it’s making a comeback, at the very least on TV. Blockbuster is a brand new present that follows the workers who work on the final Blockbuster Video retailer within the U.S. Cuban American actress Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn 9-9, M.O.D.O.Ok.) is co-starring alongside Randall Park (Recent Off the Boat) in her first important tv function since ending B99. Cuban American Broadway icon Olga Merediz, who originated the function of Abuela Claudia within the Broadway musical Within the Heights and starred within the movie model, additionally stars within the upcoming sequence
Created by Vanessa Ramos (Superstore), the extremely anticipated present lately obtained its sequence premiere date on Netflix, and is about to launch all ten episodes of its first season on November 3, in accordance with Selection. It can deal with how the shop retains up enterprise within the trendy period of digital streaming providers. Fumero took to Instagram to announce the information: “No late charges and don’t fear about rewinding (there’s a complete era that received’t perceive that!) Blockbuster launches November third, solely on Netflix!!”
Blockbuster Video, in any other case merely often called Blockbuster, was one of many greatest video rental shops on this planet within the Eighties and 90s. Earlier than streaming providers, DVD-by-mail and renting bodily copies of movies was the norm for film watchers in all places. However with the rise of Netflix and Redbox within the 2000s, Blockbuster went bankrupt and closed its doorways, leaving the as soon as world franchise with just one retailer open in Bend, Oregon.
Impressed by Blockbuster’s historical past, creator, govt producer, and author Vanessa Ramos (Brooklyn 9-9, Superstore, Massive Mouth) was impressed to put in writing a tv present based mostly on this premise. She first introduced that her pilot had been picked up by Netflix in November of final 12 months, saying on Instagram, “I wrote a pilot throughout quarantine and now I get to make a present with my pals.” This undertaking is a part of a multi-year deal she inked with Common Tv in April 2021, marking a powerful step for Latinas in media and TV.
“I couldn’t be extra thrilled to make it official with Common Tv,” Ramos mentioned on the time, in accordance with Deadline. “The entire workforce has been nothing however supportive and nurturing of my voice as a author all through my profession, and nobody mentioned something after I pitched a present whereas sporting sweatpants. I’m wanting ahead to collaborating on all kinds of enjoyable tasks collectively that may even be pitched in sweatpants.”
Blockbuster can be set to characteristic different Latinx expertise together with actor Tyler Alvarez (By no means Have I Ever, Crush), who’s of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. Extra solid members embody Madeleine Arthur (To All of the Boys I’ve Cherished Earlier than), J.B. Smoove (Saturday Night time Stay), and Kamaia Fairburn (Endlings).
Blockbuster might be obtainable to stream on Netflix on Nov. 3, 2022.