Last night during the Golden Globes, BET Networks and Paramount Television released a TV spot to its 10-episode comedy series, Boomerang, a reboot on the 1992 romantic comedy.
Executve produced by “The Chi” creator Lena Waithe and Halle Berry, who starred in the original film, the series will follow the two characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.
“Insecure” and “Underground” alum Ben Cory Jones will serve as executive producer and showrunner, having co-written the pilot with Waithe. Rishi Rajani of Hillman Grad Productions is also executive producer. Dime Davis is attached to direct multiple episodes, including the pilot episode and finale.
“Everybody Hates Chris” and “General Hospital’ alum Tequan Richmond and his “All Night” co-star Tetona Jackson have been cast as the leads in the series. They will play the son and daughter, respectively, of the characters played by Eddie Murphy and Robin Givens in 1992 romantic comedy.
Richmond’s character Bryson, son of Jacqueline Boyer (played by Robin Givens in the film), is described as 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 character Simone, daughter of Marcus and Angela Graham (played by Eddie Murphy & Halle Berry in the film), is described as 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.
Leland Martin and Lala Milan have also been cast as series regulars.
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.
Recurring cast members are Kimberly Inge, RJ Walker, Joey BadA$$, Dreezy, Kimberly Hall, and Paula Newsome.
Inge’s character is Crystal. Described as “a Type-A Southern belle, Crystal works in advertising with Bryson and is one of Simone’s best friends. She can be buttoned up, but she always speaks her mind. Crystal was married to David when she was younger.”
Walker will play David Wright. Described as “a Wall Street guy turned preacher with a strong moral compass. Fastidious about his looks, he feels well beyond his 26 years. He was married to Crystal.”
BadA$$’s character is Camden Knight. Described as “gorgeous, edgy and sexy, Camden is a professional musician; the only innocent thing about him is his smile.”
Hall’s character is Rocky. Described as “a lesbian with a dominant personality, she is very protective over her girlfriend Tia and her career.”
Newsome’s character is Victoria Johnson. “Your least favorite aunt, Victoria is the Creative Director of The Graham Agency, and Bryson and Simone’s boss. Set in her ways, mainly because they’ve worked so well for her in the past, she’s tough on the younger associates, in spite of their family connections to the agency.”