‘The Breaks’ Is Returning to VH1 as a Television Series
Those who enjoyed VH1's made-for-TV movie The Breaks, which aired in early January, can rejoice. The standalone look at the early 90s hip-hop scene in New York City has recently been picked up for a full series run, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The initial film was based on Dan Charnas' best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop and amassed 2.6 million total viewers for its premiere and immediate encore.
“The Breaks’ is VH1 at its best, intersecting '90s nostalgia with hip-hop for the masses,” VH1 General Manager Chris McCarthy said. “Both the viewers and critics have spoken, and we couldn’t be happier to continue telling the story that has already connected with millions of pop culture fans.”
While an episode count has yet to be determined, most of the cast are expected to return for the series. The film starred Wood Harris, Mack Wilds, Method Man and more, as a variety of personalities searching for music-industry success or a respite from the emerging sounds and scenes of the time. The Breaks was written, directed and executive produced by The Wire's Seith Mann, with story contributions from Charnas himself. DJ Premier helmed the film's score and acted as executive music producer.
While The Breaks was celebrated for its diverse take on the music industry, Irv Gotti was vocal in his claims that the film disrespected Queens by portraying residents of the borough as soft and including KRS One's "The Bridge Is Over" in its soundtrack. With the newly ordered series though, perhaps The Breaks can revisit each borough in time and more accurately portray its residents. The full report can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter.
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