Amin Joseph, Karen Obilom, and more have joined the cast of AllBlk’s upcoming dark comedy series Send Help from co-creators Jean Elie and Mike Gauyo. Karina Bonnefil, Catfish Jean, Courtney Taylor, Kimiko Singer, and newcomer Ana Bowen have also been previously cast.
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Send Help follows Fritz Jean-Baptiste (Elie), who is riding high as the star of the fictional hit TV show “This Can’t Be Us.” Convinced that the good times will roll on forever, he thwarts all other career advancing opportunities as he plays the field with multiple women, instead of tackling a family tragedy that is beginning to unravel his entire life.
Stewart Yost is directing the series which has been greenlit for a seven-episode season.
Joseph is set to play Sebastian “Simp” Gauyo, whose presence serves as a guide for Fritz, helping him navigate the difficult and often comical scenarios in his life.
Obilom and Singer play Ashley Young and Erica James, respectively, two women that Fritz finds himself caught between amidst his ongoing personal and professional struggles.
Bonnefil is playing Misha Jean-Baptiste/Mummy, Fritz’s mother. Jean and Courtney Taylor will play Fritz’s closest friends and confidantes, Patrick Cantave and Nicole Cooper. Bowen will appear as Fritz’s young niece, Mac Levine.
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On top of co-creating and starring in the series, Elie is executive producing through his Bassett House Pictures production company and co-creator, Gauyo is executive producing through his Black Boy Writes Media production company.
Elie and Gauyo also serve as co-showrunners on the series with Melissa Llewellyn-Alston serving as producer and line producer.
Matt Hoklotubbe, Michael J. McGarry and Francesca Smith serve as producers in association with Whistle Studios. General Manager, Brett Dismuke, SVP of Development & Production, Nikki Love, serve as executive producers with Associate Director of Public Relations, Farah Noel, serving as producer for ALLBLK. Send Help is slated to premiere in the fall.
Send Help is currently in production.