Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Girlboss,’ Others

Netflix’s TV adaptation of the “Dear White People” film will premiere on April 28, Variety has learned. Netflix has also released a teaser, which you can watch above or on YouTube.

Based on Justin Simien’s 2014 film, the series will star Logan Browning as Samantha White, the biracial student at Winchester whose “Dear White People” radio show and “Ebony and Ivy” book put her in high demand for a spokesperson position at a number of black student groups. The trouble is, Sam is still figuring out how to speak for herself. Brandon P. Bell will reprise his role as Troy Fairbanks, a political science student campaigning to become the first black student president of his mostly white school, Winchester University.

Lionsgate, the studio behind Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” is producing the series, which will debut on Netflix in 2017 with 10 half-hour episodes. Simien will write all 10 and direct the first episode (he also directed the film). Yvette Lee Bowser (“Black-ish,” “A Different World,” “Living Single”), Stephanie Allain (“Hustle & Flow,” “Dear White People”) and Julia Lebedev (“The Dinner,” “Dear White People”) also serve as executive producers.

New series “Anne” will premiere on May 12. Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging brother and sister. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination.

“Buddy Thunderstruck” will bow March 10. From American Greetings and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Ryan Wiesbrock’s stop-motion animation kid series follows the adventures of a dog who races trucks.

Comedy Girlboss will debut April 21. Created by “Pitch Perfect” scribe Kay Cannon, the series charts the rise of a young female fashion mogul, based on the book “#Girlboss” by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. “Tomorrowland” star Britt Robertson plays Sophia, a rebellious, broke anarchist whose passion for selling vintage clothes leads to the creation of a fashion empire.

Netflix’s entry into the JonBenét Ramsey world, documentary hybrid “Casting JonBenét,” will premiere April 28 as well. Watch a disturbing teaser, in which a gaggle of girls gather to audition for the role of the murdered girl:

“Grace and Frankie” will premiere its third season on March 24. Here’s a (slightly NSFW) teaser:


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  1. Jewels says:


  2. This is beyond absurd! Since when did it become okay to air garbage such as this?? Racism is racism, whether its against blacks, Asians, and yes, even whites. What would the reaction be if you were to air a show called “Dear Black People?” You air this nonsense, one less Netflix subscriber over here, and I can assure you from what I’ve been hearing about this, people will be cancelling their account in droves!

  3. CJ Stone says:

    What’s up with the blatantly racist propaganda on Netflix?

  4. Joe says:

    Are the white teenagers still supposed to listen to the rap music? They’ve been screeching like this for years and it never solved anything.

  5. Brian says:

    Ditching Netflix they demonize white people now its pure racism and hatred.

  6. IanGreyson says:

    GREAT ..because that is what this country needs now that we have trump.more racism. good job netflix. this show is going to be great. how about a dear black people next? dear black people, when the black lives matter or any other group has organized a peaceful protest to show the world the injustices the community is facing, don’t fucking loot shops of people who never did anything to you. dear black people, not all white guys are racist and not all the people who voted for people like Trump are racist. they just have different opinions than yours.

    • Choco says:

      All these flavors and you choose to be salty. Maybe you should do some introspection.

    • Sean C. says:

      Yeah, not all the people who voted for Trump are racist, they just empowered a racist to inflict grievous harm on minority communities.

      Organizing peaceful protest is, in fact, what BLM does.

      • Sean C. says:

        Misinformation leads to accusing Trump of racism when all Obama did was divide and polarize this nation.

        Er, yeah, anybody who claim that Obama was the one “dividing and polarizing” the nation was never a BLM supporter.

        I never knew them Democrats were the ones who faught to keep slaves.

        The Southern Democrats of the Civil War era, yes. Those demographic groups and regions are now Republican, which is why it’s the Republicans who now defend the legacy of the Confederacy anytime it comes up, and blacks, who used to be Republican, vote Democrat.

      • Choco says:

        I’m replying to Ian by the way, not you.

      • Choco says:

        All these flavors and you choose to be salty. Maybe you should do some introspection.

      • Brian says:

        Misinformation leads to accusing Trump of racism when all Obama did was divide and polarize this nation. I used to support BLM but after the black panthers got involved and the looting and beating up white people started my eyes were opened. I have friends of many races and my wife is hispanic her and my black friend were the ones who convinced me Trump was who I should vote for. I never knew them Democrats were the ones who faught to keep slaves. I am no longer a liberal democrat I am now more of a conservative because of how the left is acting. This show is crap it teaches racism and bigotry. Its bsd because Netflix and Redbox caused most video renting stores to go out of business they took our choices away now they are using that bully pulpit for liberal propaganda trying to program white people to think they are trash.

      • IanGreyson says:

        so basically you just agreed with everything i said? and yes BLM is all about peaceful protests and yet you see like 50 black guys breaking into shops and cars. and this whole movie and tv show is basically puts ALL WHITE people in a small bubble saying you are all racist. that is like saying that just because there are black drug dealers then EVERY black person is a drug dealer.

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