Netflix has given a series order to a comedy series starring legendary rapper Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and his wife Justine, Variety has confirmed.
The untitled multi-camera series would follow a legendary rapper whose plans for slowing down are thwarted when his wife Justine decides to pursue her own dreams. While Rev and Justine have starred in several reality shows over the years, this is their first scripted family sitcom playing characters loosely inspired by themselves. Simmons was a founding member of the groundbreaking hip hop group Run DMC, originally performing under the stage name DJ Run. He is also a practicing minister.
The series was originally sold to ABC last year with a put pilot order. Despite it being well received, it was ultimately not ordered to series at the network. Instead, Amblin TV and ABC Studios took it to market with Netflix picking it up. It was created by Jeremy Bronson, the creator of ABC’s current comedy “The Mayor,” who also wrote the script.
Amblin TV will produce with ABC Signature. Andrew Reich will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank from Amblin TV will also executive produce along with the Simmons and Michael Lehman of Simmons Lehman Productions.