Rapper Snoop Dogg announced on Friday at the at the South by Southwest (SXSW ) festival in Austin, Texas, that he will executive produce an upcoming HBO family drama series. He gave the keynote speech at the event where he announced his role in the as-yet-unnamed new cable TV series, which will be set in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Allen Hughes, according to a report in Variety, has been signed to be the director of the HBO series that Snoop Dogg will executive produce. Allen Hughes and his brother, Albert, co-directed the 2010 film, The Book of Eli. Rodney Barnes is the main scriptwriter of the proposed series. He has written scripts for TV series such as Everybody Hates Chris, My Wife and Kids, and the Cartoon Network’s animated adult series, The Boondocks. Hughes, Barnes, and Ted Chung will also be co-executive producers of the HBO series.
The HBO show that Snoop Dogg, 43, will executive produce will reportedly be about a family living in the inner-city of Los Angeles. The family’s life is inflicted by turmoil when social policies from the Ronald Reagan era are instituted in the neighborhood where they live.
Snoop Dogg, who was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, personally experienced the same sorts of societal turmoil as is inflicted upon the family of the HBO series. He grew up in Long Beach when the brunt of the Reagonomics policies were being enforced and certain programs were greatly reduced or taken away entirely, such as after-school programs.
At the same time that these beneficial programs were being stripped down or eliminated, as Snoop Dogg noted in his keynote speech, drugs and guns were becoming more prevalent in the inner city of L.A. and Long Beach. Teens went from enjoying themselves by being involved in sports like football to dealing drugs and killing each other with guns. It was perhaps not a planned consequence of the policies of Reaganomics, but it should have been a foreseen one that was likely to happen when the programs were reduced or eliminated.
With a director of the caliber of Allen Hughes on board, and a writer like Rodney Barnes, who is skillful at combining humor and social commentary into his scripts, the HBO series that Snoop Dogg will executive produce has all the marks of becoming a big hit. HBO is a great network to be behind the family drama series, as they have a history of pushing the limits and creating hit TV series.
Snoop Dogg, whose music career began in 1992, has had some acting experience of his own. Most recently, he appeared in the season finale of the hit series, Empire. Previous to that, Snoop Dogg, who has sold over 30 million albums, has also had acting roles in a diverse number of projects.
For example, Snoop Dogg, who has his own production company, Snoopadelic Films, provided the voice for a character in The Boondocks, he was in Scary Movie 5, and in an episode of Monk called Mr. Monk And The Rapper. Snoop Dogg also had roles in the movie Starksy & Hutch, as Huggy Bear and The L Word, as Slim Daddy, among others.
It is official that Snoop Dogg will executive produce an upcoming HBO family drama series, though the name of the project has not yet been announced. With Snoop Dogg’s considerable background and skills and the addition of talented individuals such as Allen Hughes as the director and Rodney Barnes as the scriptwriter, the series will likely prove to be another big hit for HBO.
Written By Douglas Cobb