2023 Tribeca Festival Announces TV and NOW Lineup

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The 2023 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, announced today its lineup of premieres for eight new and two returning series. This year’s festival runs from June 7 through June 18 and features a selection of highly anticipated programs from a variety of networks and streamers that are highly regarded for their storytelling including Disney+, Max, Apple TV+, Starz, AMC, A&E, BET+, and more.

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Also, this year is the 10th anniversary year for the Tribeca Festival’s NOW program. This program continues to uncover compelling independent episodic work, including short and long-form pilots and series. The 2023 NOW showcase focuses on eight standout selections, including The Long, Long Night, a comedy starring Mark Duplass and Barrett O’Brien; Hey, Joe, an absurdist cooking show with Philly-based pizza chef Joe Beddia, executive produced by Eric Wareheim; and Honeycomb, a dark comedy starring Baron Vaughn.

Tribeca Senior Programmer Liza Domnitz was quoted as saying “There’s genuinely something for everyone in our Tribeca Festival TV selection. From romance in the 18th Century to a hilarious mystery in modern-day Detroit; from a sports legend in the ring to hip-hop heroes in the Bronx; from zombies in post-apocalyptic Manhattan to cannibalism in Washington Heights. Similarly, a fantastic variety of projects commemorate the 10th anniversary of indie episodic at Tribeca, offering attendees the chance to see the next generation of provocative and unique stories.”

Below is a list of new series, returning series, and indie episodes that will be premiering at the festival.

Choir (Disney+) – New Series World Premiere. For the Detroit Youth Choir, everything changed when they entered the spotlight on America’s Got Talent. They’d come a long way from rehearsing in a church basement with a handful of kids, but now their past achievements are old news and the new kids need to step up. With new talent and auditions underway, can the DYC stay relevant both in their hometown and on the national stage?Executive produced by Jason Blum, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein, Michael Seitzman, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold, Gretchen Palek, Ryan Miller, Rudy Valdez, and Ross Dinerstein.

De La Calle (Paramount+) – New Series, Episode World Premiere. De La Calle is a docu-series that takes a journey into the Latino diaspora to explore the evolution of Urbano music and cultures that ignited the musical revolution of rap, reggaeton, bachata, Latin trap, cumbia, and other sounds that are influencing music and culture worldwide. Hosted by Nick Barili, featuring Fat Joe, Juelz Santana, and other artists. Executive produced by Nick Barili, Picky Talarico, Lydia Tenaglia, Christopher Collins, Jared Andrukanis, Amanda Culkowski, Bruce Gillmer, and Craig H. Shepherd.

Diarra From Detroit (BET+) -New Series World Premiere. Diarra From Detroit is a dark comedy that follows a divorcing school teacher who refuses to believe she’s been ghosted by her rebound Tinder date. Her search for the missing man pulls her into a decades-old mystery involving the Detroit underworld. As the case unfolds, her co-workers, friends, and lovers become unlikely allies as she falls down a dangerous rabbit hole. Executive produced by Kenya Barris, Diarra Kilpatrick, and Miles Orion Feldsott.

Exposing Parchman (A&E) – Limited Series World Premiere. Exposing Parchman is an investigative documentary that explores the efforts to reform the Mississippi correctional system led by a team of attorneys on behalf of the inmates of Parchman Prison. The film tells the inside stories of the families, the legal team, and Roc Nation across three years of legal battles to end the deadly conditions for those incarcerated at Parchman. Executive produced by Jordana Hochman, Jeanmarie Condon, Desiree Perez, Lori York, Rahman Ali Bugg, Elaine Fontaine, Shelly Tatro, and Brad Abramason.

Full Circle (Max) – New Series World Premiere. Full Circle is a limited series about an investigation into a botched kidnapping that uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in present-day New York City. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Dennis Quaid, Claire Danes, Timothy Olyphant, Zazie Beetz, and Jharrel Jerome.

The Golden Boy (HBO Sports Documentaries) – New Series World Premiere. The Golden Boy is the definitive documentary unpacking the spectacular myths and painful truths behind the life of Mexican-American boxing legend, business magnate, and cultural icon Oscar De La Hoya. The two-part documentary tells the story of a young, Mexican-American boy from East LA with a gentle soul whose boxing talent, charismatic good looks, and heartwarming story of winning an Olympic gold medal for his dying mother combined to create the mythic character of “The Golden Boy.” Directed by Fernando Villena and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Archie Gips, Mario Lopez, Jeffrey Stearns, and David Wendell.

The Horror of Dolores Roach (Prime Video) – New Series World Premiere. Based on the hit Spotify Studios podcast series of the same name The Horror of Dolores Roach is a contemporary Sweeney Todd-inspired urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest. Dolores Roach (Justina Machado) is released from prison after 16 years and returns to a gentrified Washington Heights. She reunites with an old stoner friend, Luis (Alejandro Hernandez), who lets her live and work as a masseuse in the basement under his empanada shop. When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, “Magic Hands” Dolores is driven to shocking extremes to survive. Created by co-showrunner, writer,  and executive producer Aaron Mark. Executive produced by Dara Resnik, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold, Chris Dickie, Dawn Ostroff, Mimi O’Donnell, Justin McGoldrick, Gloria Calderón Kellett, and Roxann Dawson. 

Outlander (Starz) – Season 7 World Premiere. In the seventh season of Outlander, the land the Frasers call home is changing – and they must change with it. In order to protect what they’ve built, the Frasers have to navigate the perils of the Revolutionary War. They learn that sometimes to defend what you love, you have to leave it behind. As the conflict draws them out of North Carolina and into the heart of this fight for independence, Jamie (Sam Heughan), Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Brianna (Sophie Skelton), and Roger (Richard Rankin) are faced with impossible decisions that have the potential to tear their family apart. Executive produced by Matthew B. Roberts, Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Luke Schelhaas, Andy Harries, Jim Kohlberg, Caitríona Balfe, and Sam Heughan.

Swagger (Apple TV+) – Season 2 World Premiere. Inspired by NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s experiences, Swagger explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families, and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America.

The Walking Dead: Dead City (AMC) – New Series World Premiere. A new series set in The Walking Dead Universe, starring Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead: Dead City follows the popular Maggie and Negan characters traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror. The series also stars Gaius Charles and Željko Ivanek, amongst others. Eli Jorné serves as the showrunner of the series. Executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Eli Jorné, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Brian Bockrath.

2023 TRIBECA FESTIVAL NOW SELECTION

NOW Showcase A (Narrative)

Hey, Joe, (United States) – Episode 1 World Premiere. A humorously deadpan show about the joys of everyday home cooking, hosted by Philadelphia chef Joe Beddia. In this pilot episode, Joe visits an oyster farm and his local grocer to make dinner for his friend Khoran Horn, a fellow chef. Created by Joe Beddia and Scott J. Ross.

I Hate People, People Hate Me, (Canada) – Episodes 1 and 2 World Premieres. Perpetually disturbed by the world around them, two twenty-somethings navigate their lives as underdogs in Toronto’s queer community. Created by Bobbi Summers.

The Long, Long Night(United States) – Episodes 1 and 2 World Premieres. It’s been 6 months since that disastrous night in the motel and these two guys (Mark Duplass and Barrett O’Brien) are nowhere near over it. Created by Barrett O’Brien and Mark Duplass.

NOW Showcase B (Documentary)

The Fourth Wall(United States) – Episode 1 World Premiere. The Fourth Wall is an intimate documentary series in which the son of cult leaders investigates the transgressive group in which he was raised. This is the story of the Sullivanians, New York’s secretive “psychotherapy cult,” which was hidden in plain sight on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the 1970s and ’80s. Created by Luke Meyer and Keith Newton.

Taking Root: Southeast Asian Stories of Resettlement in Philadelphia(United States) – Episode 1 World Premiere. Taking Root amplifies the stories of Southeast Asians who resettled in Philadelphia after the Wars in Southeast Asia. It highlights the intergenerational impact of structural violence and demonstrates the power of Southeast Asians in resisting and rebuilding in America. Created by Oanh-Nhi Nguyen.

NOW Showcase C (Narrative)

Do It To Me If You Want, (United States) – Episode 1 World Premiere. After an unexpected run-in on the lawn of a Halloween frat party, Kent and Alexandra try…and try again to communicate. Do It To Me If You Want is a pitch-black dramedy series exploring the gray area of desire – all the sh*t we don’t have language for that nevertheless dictates everyone’s relationship to everybody – as experienced by a group of state college students over the course of a school year. Created by Elise Kibler, and developed and co-directed by James Udom.

Driven, (United States) – Episode 1 World Premiere. Driven tells the story of Teddy Fischer (Rebecca Henderson), an Uber driver and failed novelist who is living in her brother’s laundry room. While contemplating suicide, Teddy gets a ride request from Yari Alvarez (Krissy Lemon), an overly confident, deaf yodeler, who insists that Teddy drive her to her parents’ (Liza Colón, Gary Perez) McMansion to defend her as a fellow artist. Created by David Shane.

Honeycomb, (United States) – Episode 1 New York Premiere. After a has-been musician (Baron Vaughn) live-streams his suicide attempt, his band’s single goes viral. For the first time in their life, they have a chance at fame and fortune — as long as the world continues to believe he’s dead. Created by Sam Roden, Joseph L. Roberts, and Elisha Yaffe.

Single tickets for the 2023 Tribeca Festival go on sale May 2nd. Information on regular passes and ticket packages can be found on their official website here. More information about the Tribeca Festival can be found on their social media, TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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