In news certain to inflame already burning rumors the ladies of UPN’s groundbreaking series ‘Girlfriends’ are set to reunite for a reboot, the show’s creator – Mara Brock Akil – has signed an overall deal with the very platform that has acquired the rights to stream it.
As we reported here, Netflix – in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement – took to press in July to announce it was set to stream six of Black TV’s most beloved series including ‘Girlfriends.’
As the September 11 premiere of the Tracee Ellis Ross-led comedy looms, the streaming has turned heads with the report Akil has signed a multi-year deal that will see her write and produce scripted content for the platform.
In a statement, the 50-year-old creative said:
“It is a dream to partner with the force of Netflix, for we have the same goals—telling human stories for a global audience,” Brock Akil said. “I’m excited to have a home that allows me the creative freedom and support to do what I do best– paint portraits and murals of women, Black people and anyone else whose story is missing from this golden age of television. Representation matters and so does who you build with– I can’t wait to work closely with Channing Dungey and her team to launch some great stories.”
We can only hope the ‘Girlfriend’ reboot is one of those stories.
Dungey, Netflix’s vice president of original series, echoed Akil’s sentiment.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix,” said Channing. “Her signature storytelling, authentic perspective and captivating characters have long entertained audiences and proven to be relevant, timely and endlessly engaging. We look forward to bringing her distinct voice, vision and passion to our global members.”