Jason Katims captured hearts and minds with his high school football drama, Friday Night Lights. Meanwhile, as a producer of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, Hamilton, Jeffrey Seller knows a thing or two about compelling theater. Together, they’ve created NBC’s new Rise TV show, based on Michael Sokolov’s book, Drama High about Lou Volpe’s acclaimed theater program at Harry S. Truman High School in Bucks County, PA. Does the first season have what it takes to leave the audience wanting more? Will Rise be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A high school drama, Rise stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk. The NBC TV series centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor), who is the fictional analogue to Volpe. Although he is committed to his students at Stanton High School, Lou knows he needs to shake things up, in order to rekindle his passion for teaching. To that end, he petitions to direct the school’s theater program, but soon realizes he signed up for a whole lot more than he originally expected. Soon the faculty, student body, and even the town residents will find themselves caught up in the new spirit at the school.
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What do you think? Do you like the Rise TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC?