Boomerang is an American television series that falls into the genre of comedy and is based on the movie of the same name that released in 1992. The show first premiered on BET on February 12, 2019, consisting of 10 episodes. A photography event for the series took place in Georgia between October to December 2018 while the filming of the show was designated the Buckhead area of Atlanta and East Point.
A special screening of the show was held at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019, before the release of the show. Lena Waithe and Ben Cory Jones (showrunner) serve as the writers of the series which has Halle Berry and Rishi Rajani executive producing it. The plot of the show revolves around relationships, the dynamically changing gender roles in the society, the undeniable conflicts between generations, and office politics that everyone has faced at one point or another in their lives.
Boomerang Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast of the show was finalised by October 2018. The main cast of the show is as follows: Tequan Richmond as Bryson who is Jacqueline Broyer’s son, Tetona Jackson as Simone, Marcus Graham and Angela Lewis’ only child, Leland B. Martin as Ari, and Lala Milan as Tia, and artist, were amongst the first to be cast as series regulars. The recurring characters of the show are as follows: RJ Walker (David Wright), Paula Newsome (Victoria Johnson), Brittany Inge ( Crystal Garrett), Joey BadA$$ (Camden Knight), and Kimberly Hall (Rocky).
Boomerang Plot: What is it about?
Contrary to popular belief, BET’s Boomerang is not the remake of the hit 1992 romantic comedy that boasted of the star-studded cast of Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry. Instead, Boomerang is more of a spin-off or sorts or can also be called termed a sequel. Boomerang, unlike its predecessor, is subtly cooler, stylish, ambitious and does not restrict itself to the traditional ways of TV.
Halle Berry had no second thoughts when she was approached for the show. She said, “I haven’t spoken to anyone from the original show. Lena came to me — it was her passion, and she just said, ‘I gotta do this, and I want to team up with you. I have to bring a modern version of this story to our people. Please do this for me, Lena came to me with her heart, her passion, and a real desire to do it. And I said yes before really knowing how many of my other costars felt. “I am so proud of this show, and you might see me. You might see me, for sure.”
On the show, we follow Marcus’s daughter (Simone) and Jacqueline’s son (Bryson) who are longtime friends working at Simone’s father’s ad agency. At the age of 26, they are still pretty lost and clueless as to what direction their future might take. The show begins as they discover their paths and passions along with their feelings for each other. The characters are not as outrageous, and the humour is subtle and clever instead of being loud and obnoxious, as is common in series of this genre. Throughout the first season, three girls and three guys navigate their lives and deal with issues such as challenging gender norms, flipping the gender roles, dealing with the generation gap as millennials, and of course, experiment dating. The show goes out of its way to focus on the various stereotypes attached to the millennial generation; as to how they are handed everything from the get-go, the fact that they are not hard workers or more privileged and entitled even. It showcases that problems differ from generation to generation and just because the problems are different, does not mean that millennial have it easy.
Similarly, there are troubles that both the genders are exposed to and some which are specific to each gender and the faster we learn to acknowledge our differences and similarities the closer we will be to the solution. The audience was quite cryptic when the announcement of the show was made as the movie did just fine for its time and era and some thought reinventing it would make it worse, but the show has proven to have the original essence of the movie and makes it better by adding a dash of boldness that a show requires to survive in today’s day and age. The show is something you will have to stick to because there is not much going on for at least the first three episodes. It has somehow managed to trim the negatives of the film that we did not notice and adds more appreciative things to the storyline and the character frames. In a nutshell, we think that the show is worth a watch and a great tribute to the movie despite the fact that it takes time to warm up to.
Boomerang Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
On April 11, 2018, BET announced that the series had been greenlit and the first season would consist of ten episodes. Season 1 finally premiered on February 2019 and is set to end on April 9, 2019.
The good news for the fans is that on April 2, 2019, the show was confirmed to return for another season. In a statement to Variety, executive producer Lena Waithe said, ““Making ‘Boomerang’ has been one of the highlights of my career and the positive feedback we’ve gotten from fans and critics has been so validating. I’m beyond excited to dive even deeper into these characters’ lives in season two,”. No premiere date was confirmed, but we can expect Boomerang season 2 to release sometime in January or February 2020.
While you wait for a trailer for season 2, here’s a glimpse into what this show is all about.
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