Netflix and Universal Television team up Blockbuster: a new comedy series documenting the lives of the staff at the last Blockbuster store in the United States. Here’s a rundown of everything we know about the new series, headlined by Randall Park, and set to hit Netflix in November 2022.
We first reported on the project in early November 2021, and then it was officially confirmed by Netflix on November 17. The series, created by Vanessa Ramos, will have 10 30-minute episodes.
In a press release to Deadline, Tracey Pakosta, who is head of comedy at Netflix, said: “It’s ultimately the story of a group of dedicated colleagues, with a lot of heart. And now, with the hilarious Randall Park who signed on to play the lead role is a no-brainer.
Since that initial announcement in November 2021, we’ve had a lot of news, including the release date, so let’s start with that:
All 10 episodes of Blockbuster arrive on Netflix on November 3, 2022.
Who plays in Netflix blockbuster series?
Three waves of cast members have been announced for blockbuster.
First, Randall Park has been confirmed to feature. Then we learned in mid-February 2022 that Melissa Fumero had joined the cast, and the other cast members were announced in March 2022.
Let’s run through them all and who they play below.
Blockbuster is an ensemble comedy and will have six main lead characters:
- Randall Park (famous for Wanda vision, Always be my maybe, and Fresh off the boat) will play Timmy, one of the main protagonists described as a dreamer and movie buff.
- Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn nine-nine) will play Eliza, a headstrong woman in her 40s and devoted mother whose marriage to her high school sweetheart is on the rocks. She left Harvard after one semester to start a family and now works at Blockbuster.
- Olga Merediz (In the heights) will play Connie, described as motherly and working in Blockbuster because of the friends she made there and certainly not for the money.
- Tyler Alvarez (I have never) will play Carlos, who is a young man in his 20s and is described as a movie buff, leading him to come across as a snob.
- Madeline Arthur (To all the boys I’ve loved before) will play Hannah, a young girl in her twenties who is described as a girl next door.
- JB Smoove (Calm your enthusiasm) will play Percy, the mall and store owner. His daughter works at the Blockbuster store.
- Kamaia Fairburn (Overlord and the Underwoods) will play Kayla, the youngest of the main cast and is described as stylish and too cool for school.
Elsewhere, we also know that Ashley Alexander, presented in the years 2015 love on the sidelines, will play Mila in the series.
Robyn Bradley, who starred in The CW’s super girl, will appear as Miranda.
who is behind Blockbuster on Netflix?
vanessa ramos is spearheading the project for Universal and Netflix. Ramos has an impressive resume as a co-producer on Superstore as well as a writer on other NBC series such as Brooklyn nine-nine, crackleand Kenan. She was also a consulting producer on Netflix Big mouth series.
The writers of the series are also David Caspe and Jackie Clarke. Caspe is best known for his work on Kenan and Black Monday but was also a writer on Adam Sandler’s film, He’s my boy.
John Davis will serve as executive producer under his Davis Entertainment banner. David Entertainment worked on Tree and Dolemite is my name for Netflix.
Jackie Clarke, David Caspe, John Fox and Vanessa Ramos will serve as executive producers with Bridger Winegar and Robert Petrovic serving as co-executive producers.
Deadline revealed on February 10 that Payer Benz is on board to direct four episodes of the series (episodes 1, 2, 7 and 8). The director worked on AP Organic, Brooklyn nine-nineand is directing episodes of the upcoming HBO Max series Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.
We can also reveal that Aleysa Young who worked on the likes of working moms, Ginny & Georgiaand Kim’s Convenience will direct in Season 1.
Katharine Locke O’Brien is also on board to direct Season 1 episodes as well. O’Brien directed episodes of AP Organic, Kenan, saved by the bell, and Ghosts.
What is Blockbuster on Netflix is going to be around?
According to many descriptions, we have a pretty good idea of what we can expect from the series.
In a world of perpetually available on-demand content, a group of nostalgic workers and their small-town community come together to try to save the world’s last Blockbuster Video store. The series explores what it takes – and more specifically who it takes – for a small business to succeed against all odds in a dying industry, in a dying mall, in a dying city.
The show is comparable to the likes of Hypermarket as good as Parks and recreation and Office all of which were big hits for NBC.
The series will provide an “authentic experience” in the past, with production acquiring the rights to use the official Blockbuster logo and store uniforms throughout production.
Netflix’s history with the hit video
Netflix and Blockbuster have an illustrious history given at one point in history, Blockbuster was lucky enough to buy Netflix.
The business pair started out as video rental companies, but with one key difference being that Netflix was an online business and Blockbuster was a brick-and-mortar business. Of course, Netflix eventually had to switch from DVDs (although the DVD rental business is still going strong in the US) to video streaming. He then had to pivot again not only to streaming, but also to producing content.
Blockbuster’s downfall began in the mid-2000s after there were over 5,600 stores in the United States alone. Fast forward to today, there is only one single still in operation in Bend, Oregon.
Successful stores for over 30 years:pic.twitter.com/rDfiO07525
— Jon Erlichman (@JonErlichman) April 17, 2021
Where is Netflix blockbuster series in production?
Production on the new series began in late February 2022. Filming is taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, specifically at Manitoba Street Studios.
According to production listings seen by What’s on Netflix, production is scheduled to take place until May 2, 2022.
Melissa Fumero confirmed that the series “almost” wrapped production on May 2 with an Instagram story.
To prepare for the new series, it’s worth watching The latest blockbuster which arrived on Netflix in Canada and the United States in April 2021. The doc features interviews with Adam Brody, Kevin Smith, Ione Skye, Jamie Kennedy, Brian Posehn, Samm Levine, Paul Scheer and James Arnold Taylor and is narrated by Lauren Lapkus.
Finally, if you are a Twitter user, we recommend that you follow a new account called “Blockbuster News and Updates“who follows all things blockbuster!
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