Based on the film of the same name, the series picks up roughly 25 years after the 1992 theatrical release. The subversive comedy follows the children of the original cast as they try to balance making their mark on the professional world while navigating the personal struggles of young professionals.
The first-look clip includes interviews and BTS footage with Waithe and showrunner Ben Cory Jones (HBO’s Insecure), who discuss the origins of the show and how it will look at relationships and dating in the 21st Century.
The 10-episode Boomerang half-hour series premieres Feb. 12 on BET with Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson, Leland Martin and Lala Milan. The show executive produced by Halle Berry, Lena Waithe and co-produced by BET Networks and Paramount Television.
Boomerang follows the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son (Richmond) and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter (Jackson) as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.
Richmond’s Bryson is resourceful, tough and charming. Raised by a single mother, he’s self-assured and doesn’t hide his vulnerability. Every bit as driven as Simone, Bryson wants to make his mark on this world.
Jackson’s Simone is privileged, beautiful, cool and driven to a fault. She has an easy confidence that she inherited from her father, but a down-to-earth, chill vibe, which she inherited from her mother. The shadow of both her parents looms large and she is eager to step out of it and make a name for herself.
Martin will play Ari, a digital producer with big dreams. He is handsome, charming, effortlessly confident, and has an edge and swagger that is completely disarming. Ari doesn’t believe in labels. He’s an equal opportunist when it comes to dating.
Milan is Tia, a misguided performance artist with high ambitions. She is a classically trained dancer who wants to topple the patriarchy. She’s charismatic and wildly unique. Tia is an activist at heart, but she doesn’t mind being a little ratchet every now and then.
Ben Cory Jones (Underground, Insecure) is attached as showrunner and will executive produce the series along with Berry and Waithe and Rishi Rajani for Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions. Waithe and Jones co-wrote the pilot episode and Dime Davis (The Chi) will direct the pilot episode as well as additional episodes including the finale.
Best known for his role in Sundance thriller Blue Caprice and as Drew Rock in Chris Rock comedy Everybody Hates Chris, Richmond was most recently seen starring in the AwesomenessTV horror mini-series The Unsettling and comedy All Night. He’s repped by ICM Partners, Cohn / Torgan Management and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson, & Binder.
Jackson, who played Cassie in All Night, also starred in MTV’s Happyland, Dear Diary I Died and Maximum Ride, Jackson is repped by BRS/Gage and Priluck Company.
Martin appeared in a lead role in A Cinderella Christmas for Ion Network and was also the lead in web series The Rookie for Lifetime and A&E. He is repped by BRS/Gage Talent Agency and Holly Shelton Management.
Milan’s credits include TNT’s Claws and Fear Factor. She’s repped by Select Management Group.