Lin-Manuel Miranda has strong connections to NBC’s new musical drama RISE, through his relationship with executive producer Jeffrey Sellers (Hamilton) and series star Auliʻi Cravalho (Moana), and as it turns out, he got involved in the show as well.
There’s no indication if the singer/songwriter/actor could show up on the show in the future, but a pivotal musical moment in the pilot came courtesy of the Hamilton creator.
“When we were doing the pilot, there’s a scene where Robbie does a rap,” Katims told Tracking Board following the panel. “It was written as, ‘Robbie does this rap.’ When we were prepping the episode, I realized I was not the guy to write this. So I called Jeffrey Sellers, and and I was like, you know I would love to get someone to write this. And I was saying, ‘somebody like Lin-Manuel Miranda.’ And he was like, ‘Oh I think I know somebody,’ and he called Lin and Lin wrote that.”
The showrunner was noncommital about whether Miranda could continue to contribute original music for the series going forward, but said he was unconditionally supportive of the project from the beginning.
“It was a wonderful experience,” Katims said. “He was such a big fan of this story that we were telling and so behind it and he didn’t ask questions, he just said yes, let me do this and he wrote it. What he did was so amazing and worked so beautifully for the scene.”
Rise premieres March 13, 2018 on NBC.
Linda Ge | TV Editor