Emmy Award-winning actress Viola Davis is partnering with ABC to develop the single-camera music comedy THE ZIPCODERS. The show is based on an original idea from Davis and her JuVee Productions partner and husband, Julius Tennon.
The show follows a divorced mother of three in 1968 who moves her family to the east side of Austin, Texas, after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., in an effort to be closer to her estranged sister. While there, her teenage son forms a rock band in the same vein as The Beatles.
Davis and Tennon were inspired to tell the story about black teens with feathered hair and bell-bottoms in the South. Barbershop‘s Marshall Todd help craft the idea for the show and penned the script. He will also serve as co-executive producer of the show.
“The Zipcoders is near and dear to my heart. Viola and I love what Marshall Todd put on the page — the world, the characters and a fun-loving take on music, relationships, dreams and family,” Tennon said in a statement. “Over our conference room door is etched ‘Dream Big. Dream Fierce,’ and this show really underlines that ethos.”
Davis currently stars in the hit ABC drama How to get Away with Murder and can be seen next on the big screen in the adaptation of the August Wilson play Fences opposite Denzel Washington.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer