Ahead of its May Upfront presentation, NBC has announced it has ordered the Rise TV show to series. Based on the true story of high school drama teacher Lou Volpe, as told in the book, Drama High, Rise hails from from Universal Television, True Jack Productions and Seller Suarez Productions, Jason Katims, and Jeffrey Seller.
The Rise TV series stars How I Met Your Mother vet, Josh Radnor. The NBC cast also includes: Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk.
Writer Katims is executive producing with director Mike Cahill. Seller, Michelle Lee, and Flody Suarez also executive produce.
Learn more from this NBC press release.
From Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” and “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller comes a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places. When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by a true story.
[Press release via The Futon Critic.]
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