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Are We More Worried Or Excited For NBC's South Central LA Funeral Home Musical Soap?

By Vivian Kane | Industry | September 9, 2015 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | September 9, 2015 |

We’ve already established that NBC’s fall lineup looks to fall somewhere in the range of utterly dismal embarrassing sh*t show, so when an untitled show produced by Jason Katims, which seems to resemble something along the lines of Pushing Daisies meets Six Feet Under, was announced, I got more than a little excited. But that excitement quickly turned to a nervous chagrin, with me just muttering the word “problematic” to myself over and over again.

The show comes from writer Julia Brownell, who’s written on Smash, About a Boy, and Parenthood, and also has a background in musical theatre. The hour-long primetime soap is based on the Boyd Funeral Home (located just northeast of Compton, if that notable landmark gives some context), to which the show has acquired the actual life rights. The show will center around a mother-daughter team running the business. From Deadline,

Located in one of the toughest areas of Los Angeles known for its high rates of gang violence, the Boyd Funeral Home has made a name for itself with its unusual services that feature music blaring from the hearse and pallbearers dressed in top hats and tails dancing the casket down the church aisle.

I want so badly for this to be a good idea. But a bunch of people who worked on Smash, taking on gang violence and (therefore, presumably a lot of) teenage murders? With kicky song and dance numbers? Please, PLEASE, prove me wrong, NBC. Please don’t make this as glossy and saccharine as this sounds. Please don’t take this community’s actual pain and struggle and make it into a gangland Glee. Because otherwise…


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