David Makes Man (Drama) [TV/Review]

7/10

Season 1: 7

Year: 2019-
Genre: Drama
Source: Streaming (Own)
Episode Guide: http://epguides.com/DavidMakesMan/

PLOT

We get to follow the young man David, living in Florida “in the projects who is haunted by the death of his friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty.”

OPINION

A real slow burn of a drama TV show, with nice slow character build up. Akili McDowell in the main lead as David is really good. But although I really enjoy the show and will watch the next episode, I can’t shake the feeling that something is missing, some extra dimension to the whole storyline.

It has some fantastically shot scenes, for example in season 1, episode 4 when Davids mother screams at her boss outside the restaurant and it all gets drowned in the noise from the truck pulling up.

In December 2019, OWN renewed the series for a second season. According to Imdb it should have been released during 2020, but I guess Covid have delayed it.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND

On August 16, 2017, it was reported that Oprah Winfrey Network had given the production a straight-to-series order created by Tarell Alvin McCraney. On June 26, 2018, it was announced that Dee Harris-Lawrence will be the showrunner and set to serve as an executive producer alongside with Tarell Alvin McCraney, Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, Michael B. Jordan, and Oprah Winfrey. Production companies involved with the series were slated to include Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Page Fright, and Outlier Productions. The series was set to premiere on August 14, 2019. The pilot episode was premiered at South by Southwest on March 10, 2019. On December 19, 2019, OWN renewed the series for a second season. On June 29, 2020, HBO Max acquired the streaming rights for the series which was debuted on July 16, 2020. The series’ producer Dee Harris-Lawrence most recently signed a overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Studios.

Casting

In June 2018, it was announced that Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams, and Travis Coles are cast as series regulars. In August 2018, Alana Arenas has been cast as a series regular while Gillian Williams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Elvis Nolasco, and Randy Gonzalez are cast in recurring roles. On October 25, 2018, Lela Rochon, Trace Lysette, Liza Colón-Zayas, Juanita Jennings, Lindsey Blackwell, Solomon Valdez, Teshi Thomas, and newcomers Nick Creegan, Kimaya Naomi and Logan Rozos have joined the series in recurring roles. On August 6, 2020, Kwame Patterson and Arlen Escarpeta were cast in starring roles for the second season. On December 8, 2020, Tony Plana, Brittany S. Hall, Erica Luttrell, Zsané Jhé, Bobbi Baker, Patrice Arenas, Trinity Cidel, Brandi Huzzie, Rodney Gardiner, and Janmarco Santiago joined the cast in recurring roles for the second season.

STREAM

Since Own haven’t made it possible to view this through their service … I had to find another way to watch it.

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