As time passes so will the memory of the once beloved video rental store, Blockbuster. Once upon a time, this was the place where families would rush to every weekend to secure a copy of whatever the flavor of the week was. This was also a place where you would comprise. If the titles you were looking for weren’t available, you’d venture out and pick something else that maybe was not on your radar.
But alas as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The rise of streaming services, specifically Netflix, caused the demise of Blockbuster. Now in an ironic twist, Netflix brings us a new series, Blockbuster. This series is brought to us by creator, executive producer, writer, and showrunner Vanessa Ramos. She has worked on such hit shows as Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The series is set to be released this fall on the streaming service. To start teasing us, Netflix has released a synopsis, character descriptions, and first-look photos. You can check them out below!
Here is the synopsis for Netflix’s Blockbuster:
Timmy Yoon (Randall Park) Is an analog dreamer living in a 5G world. And after learning he is operating the last Blockbuster Video in America, Timmy and his staff employees (including his long-time crush, Eliza (Melissa Fumero) fight to stay relevant. The only way to succeed is to remind their community that they provide something big corporations can’t: human connection.
These are the character descriptions for Blockbuster:
Randall Park as TIMMY: He’s a big dreamer whose love of movies makes it easy for him to recommend exactly what his regulars need, even when they don’t know they need it. He’s worked at Blockbuster since he was a teen and honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
Melissa Fumero as ELIZA: A dedicated mother whose marriage to her high school sweetheart is on the rocks. She left Harvard after one semester to start a family and now works at Blockbuster alongside Timmy (Randall Park) as his trusty number two…and maybe more.
Olga Merediz as CONNIE: She works at Blockbuster to make friends, not money. She’s the unintentionally blunt mother figure to not just the employees, but many of the Blockbuster regulars.
Tyler Alvarez as CARLOS: As a first-generation son of immigrants, he 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 as HANNAH: She’s genuinely sweet, a little naive, yet undeniably charming. She lost her mom at a young age but is surrounded by family at Blockbuster. Financially savvy to a fault, the staff is helping her learn the importance of self-care.
Blockbuster recurring guest stars:
Kamaia Fairburn as KAYLA: Kayla is 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 Blockbuster complicated for Timmy.
JB Smoove as PERCY: As the strip mall and party store owner, Percy 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 and Percy, who can’t seem to stay away from Blockbuster, especially with his daughter working there.
Netflix‘s Blockbuster will be released on Thursday, November 3, 2022, on their streaming service.
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