In the new Sony Pictures TV series Wake up, New girl Former Lamorne Morris plays Keef, a black cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success. After being racially profiled and aggressively attacked by a police officer, Keef’s life is turned upside down. He must navigate the new voices and ideas that confront and challenge him without losing everything he has already built.
“People say, ‘Oh, this was the perfect time. How did you manage the break to get there? Said co-creator and executive producer Keith Knight, who spoke about the show’s timelessness during a Sony TV panel discussion at Deadline’s Contenders Television awards season event. “We weren’t expecting this. I was just writing my truth and Lamorne was acting his truth.
“Things are always a sign of the times,” Morris said. “Television generally reflects, it’s supposed to reflect. I know the media is supposed to reflect what’s going on outside our window… I think that’s something some people see when they open their windows. And this show is for those people who feel their voices are being heard too.
Wake up premiered in September on Hulu and picked up for a second season.
Teasing what’s to come, Knight shared that since the first ending in February 2020, “the whole summer has passed and now we can reflect and comment on what happened last summer. It is really about the commodification of the awakened. What happens when the world wakes up or thinks it has woken up? This is what happens when capitalism begins to enter the awakened movement.
Check back on Monday for the panel video.