Netflix Picks Up Fox's 'Mixtape' Musical Drama Pilot to Series
Netflix is pressing play on "Mixtape."
The musical drama pilot starring Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez, and Madeleine Stowe had been in contention for Fox's fall schedule, but the network ultimately passed on it. Now, Netflix is swooping in with a 10-episode order to save the music.
The project from "Quantico" creator Josh Safran is a romantic musical drama about a diverse group of people in contemporary Los Angeles connected through the music that lives inside their hearts and minds.
Original cast members Dewan, Hernandez, Stowe, Campbell Scott, Jahmil French, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Megan Ferguson and Evan Whitten are returning. The starring role of Sam will be recast as original actor Raul Castillo recently booked a recurring role on fellow Netflix comedy "One Day at a Time."
The pilot's director, Jesse Peretz, is likely to return for reshoots to incorporate the new actor playing Sam.
"Mixtape" was a frontrunner among Fox's spring pilots and an internal favorite among the network's executives. It is even produced by corporate sibling 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 TV Studios.
However, Fox the network seems to be going in a new direction, having cut several beloved, but low-performing shows. A few of those shows found new homes — "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" on NBC and "Lucifer" also on Netflix."