Patrisse Cullors has joined the writing room of Freeform’s Good Trouble, a critical darling at the network and spinoff of The Fosters.
Cullors isn’t new to Good Trouble she was a consultant for Season 1 of the show, which had an activism storyline as one of the show’s characters, Malika (Zuri Adele), was embroiled in an officer-involved shooting case. Deadline first reported the news of Cullors joining the writers’ room.
“You only have to spend about five minutes with Patrisse to be blown away by her as an activist, artist, intellectual and force of life energy, love, joy and humanity. She has such a wealth of knowledge and life experience. I’m always looking for that in writers because truth is not only stranger but more nuanced and rich than fiction can ever be. So writers who can bring all that into the room are invaluable,” said Good Trouble showrunner Joanna Johnson.
She continued, “Before I met Patrisse I read her book When They Call You a Terrorist and loved it. I could see she was a talented writer and storyteller. Then after working with her for several months as a story consultant on Good Trouble, as well as an actress [Cullors plays herself on the show], I asked her if she’d ever be interested in joining the room, and she jumped at the opportunity. Of course, as co-founder of Black Lives Matter and an activist, having her every day in the room to help shape those stories is amazing, but with her understanding of story and character she’s a significant contributor to all our characters, stories and arcs and the show as a whole.”
“Good Trouble is highlighting some of the most contemporary issues. From police brutality to mental health we are witnessing a revolution in the TV industry,” said Cullors. “I’m honored to have been asked to join the writers’ room to give perspective to the Black Lives Matter storyline. I promise you this will be the first time you see the true nature of organizing inside of our movement and what importance these stories have for a new generation of young activists. Thank you Freeform for this incredible opportunity.”
A fast-tracked season 2 of Good Trouble premieres next month on June 18, just a few months after season 1 wrapped its run.
In the second season, the series will continue to explore the trials and tribulations of the tenants of Downtown LA’s hippest residence, The Coterie. This season, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), Callie (Maia Mitchell) and the rest of The Coterie crew will continue to navigate their early twenties as they deal with breakups, demand equality, find happiness and discover what it means to fight for what you believe in. The series also stars Tommy Martinez as Gael, Sherry Cola as Alice, Zuri Adele as Malika, Emma Hunton as Davia and Josh Pence as Dennis.
The show is executive produced by Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg, Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., in association with Freeform.