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Netflix readies new hip-hop show, ‘The Get Down’


With the success of their wildly popular original series Orange Is the New Black, Netflix is hoping to keep the momentum going with a new show that employs the burgeoning ’70s hip-hop scene as its backdrop.

Titled “The Get Down,” the show is set in the South Bronx, New York, in the late 1970s and follows a group of friends who remain close-knit as they navigate the treacherous streets and find themselves immersed in fledgling culture that came to be know as Hip-Hop.

“In this golden era of TV, the Netflix culture puts no constraint on creative possibilities,” says Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. “So it is a natural home for ‘The Get Down,’ a project I have been contemplating and working on now for over 10 years. Throughout, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half-destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture. I’m thrilled to be working with my partners at Sony and collaborating with a team of extraordinary writers and musicians, many of whom grew up with and lived the story we’ve set out to tell.”

“The Get Down” is set to premiere on Netflix in early 2016.