Netflix really knows how to twist the knife with their upcoming workplace comedy series Blockbuster. The series is about the last Blockbuster Video Store in America and stars Randall Park, Melissa Fumero, J.B. Smoove, Kamaia Fairburn, yler Alvarez, Madeleine Arthur, and Olga Merediz.
Created by Vanessa Ramos, the 10-episode series follows the staff led by Timmy (Park), who is “an analog dreamer in a 5G world” and is in charge of the store. In the pilot, Timmy discovers that he’s managing the very last Blockbusters in America, and “has no choice but to take action to stay open and keep his friends employed.
However, Timmy and his staff quickly come to realize that being home to the last video story might actually be exactly what their community needs to rekindle the human connections they lost to the digital age,” the logline continues. “It also unexpectedly reunites him with his long-time crush Eliza (Fumero), who’s recently come back to work for him. Will this battle to preserve the past be the push Timmy needs to step into the present? His employees can only hope so.”
Blockbuster will premiere on Nov 3rd.
JB Smoove to recur as Percy. He’s the strip mall and party store owner and sees himself as “the man with the plan.” He’s the fast-talking, stylish, over-confident other half of the best friend duo of Timmy (Park) and Percy, who can’t seem to stay away from Blockbuster, especially with his daughter working there.
Kamaia Fairburn is set to recur as Kayla, Percy’s smart and sometimes scary teen daughter. She’s not super open to the idea of taking orders from anyone, which can make her working at the video store complicated for Timmy.
Tyler Alvarez is cast as Carlos, as a first-generation son of immigrant who learned English by watching movies, and they quickly became his love language. He dreams of being a filmmaker, but can’t help but feel like he owes it to his parents to live the American life they planned for him.
Madeleine Arthur stars as Hannah, a genuinely sweet, a little naive, yet undeniably charming. She lost her mom at a young age but is surrounded by family at the store. Financially savvy to a fault, the staff is helping her learn the importance of self-care.
Olga Merediz is cast as Connie, a store employee who cares more about making friends than money. She’s the unintentionally blunt mother figure to not just the employees, but many of the store’s regulars.
David Caspe and Jackie Clarke serve as writers and executive producers. Ramos will executive produce alongside John Davis and John Fox via Davis Entertainment. Universal Television is the studio.