Kerry Washington has renewed her overall deal with ABC Signature — and will also continue with the studio’s Hulu dramedy UnPrisoned.
The streamer has picked up a second season of UnPrisoned, which stars Washington as a single mother whose world is upended when her father (Delroy Lindo) is released from prison and moves in with her and her son. The series comes from Disney’s Onyx Collective and ABC Signature; Washington and Lindo are also executive producers.
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Under the renewed deal, Washington’s Simpson Street company will continue developing and producing TV projects for ABC Signature. Simpson Street has been based at the studio since 2016 and has previously produced Hulu’s limited series Little Fires Everywhere and Reasonable Doubt, which has been renewed for a second season.
“Kerry is the gold standard for a what a multihyphenate should be — passionate, prolific and endlessly kind,” said Tracy Underwood, executive vp creative affairs at ABC Signature. “She, Pilar and the Simpson Street team are incredible collaborators, and we’re so proud of our most recent Onyx Collective/Hulu series UnPrisoned and Reasonable Doubt, as well as our award-winning series Little Fires Everywhere. We look forward to many more years of their unparalleled creativity and talent.”
UnPrisoned premiered in March, earning largely positive reviews from critics and debuting as Onyx Collective’s most watched premiere on Hulu (though detailed viewing figures aren’t available). Along with Washington and Lindo, the series stars Marque Richardson, Faly Rakotohavana, Jordyn McIntosh, Brenda Strong and Jee Young Han.
Tracy McMillan created the series (which is based on her own life) and executive produces with Washington and her Simpson Street partner Pilar Savone, Yvette Lee Bowser, Lindo, Joy Gorman Wettels and Jen Braeden.
Washington is repped by CAA, Washington Square Arts, The Lede Company and attorney Gretchen Rush.
Deadline first reported the news.
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