Roller skating comedy from Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams in development at HBO Max 

The upcoming series falls under Waithe's deal with Warner Bros. she signed back in 2021.

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Lena Waithe and Pharrell Williams are teaming up! That’s right, the two entertainment creators are bringing “Rollin,” a roller skating comedy series, to HBO Max.

The upcoming series falls under the pact Waithe signed with Warner Bros. Television last year. The show, which Calaya Michelle Stallworth (“Fear the Walking Dead”) wrote and executive produced, is currently in the development stage under Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Williams’ i am OTHER company.

According to the official longline that Variety obtained, the series centers around, “an easily corruptible newbie skater and her ragtag rink crew who find drive and deliverance on the hardwood at an ATL skating rink known for its good music, food, vibes and stellar stunts. They soon discover that walking away from your past is easier said than done — but as all skaters learn, when you fall down, you must get back up.”

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Lena Waithe, here on Aug. 15, 2022 at the Los Angeles Premiere of Amazon Prime Video’s “The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power,” is developing a rolling skating comedy show that is to air on HBO Max. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


“Rollin'” joins a slate of other projects Waithe’s Hillman Grad productions has lined up in development at Warner Bros. TV, including an adaptation of the 1990s documentary, “Hoop Dreams,” theGrio previously reported.

Hillman Grad’s mission statement, from the official site, is to “empower underrepresented artists and amplify the stories of diverse, historically marginalized communities across all industries.”

Waithe, CEO of Hillman Grad Rishi Rajani and Naomi Funabashi, president of film and TV at Hillman Grad, are all executive producers on the series. Williams and Mimi Valdés are also executive producers, as is Shani Saxon via i am OTHER.

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Pharrell Williams has teamed with Lena Waithe to produce a rolling skating comedy show that will air on HBO Max. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival )

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