Freeform has ordered the half-hour comedy series “Everything’s Trash” from executive producer and writer Phoebe Robinson (“2 Dope Queens,” “Portlandia”) and Jonathan Groff (“Black-ish,” “Happy Endings”). The series is produced by ABC Signature. Robinson’s production company, Tiny Reparations, led by Jose Acevedo, will serve as nonwriting executive producer. Co-executive producer Chioke Nassor will direct.
Starring Robinson and inspired by her bestselling book “Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay,” the series follows Phoebe, a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. Forced to grow up when her older brother Jayden emerges as a leading political candidate, she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood.
“Phoebe has one of the most unique and hilariously sharp voices in the business,” said Tara Duncan, president, Freeform and Onyx Collective. “‘Everything’s Trash’ is the perfect addition to the Freeform slate, bringing a distinct point of view to a woman navigating adulthood on her own terms.”
“I feel like Whoopi Goldberg’s choir at the end of ‘Sister Act 2′ when they won the competition! Overjoyed! Stunned! Extremely grateful!” said Robinson. “We’re going to make something special that you won’t want to miss.”
The series also stars Jordan Carlos (“First Wives Club”) as Jayden, Phoebe’s extremely intelligent, Blerd-y older brother with big dreams for his community, who has recently emerged as a leading political candidate. Their boundary-less relationship must change as Phoebe’s wild yet entertaining behavior threatens to overshadow his Barack Obama-esque aspirations.
Toccarra Cash (“Station 19,” “Younger”) will portray Malika, Phoebe’s savvy, smart and beautiful “code-switch queen” podcast producer. As Phoebe’s work wife and ride-or-die friend, Malika tries to balance wanting Phoebe to grow up with encouraging her to be messy because, hey, the mess pays the bills and is funny AF. Nneka Okafor (“God Friended Me”) will portray Jessie, Phoebe’s sister-in-law, who’s a former socialite-turned-feminist and college professor. Jessie worries that she is the only one in her in-laws’ family that has the strength to let Phoebe know that some of her shenanigans are dangerous to her husband’s career and too influential on her daughter. Moses Storm (“Sunnyside”) will portray Michael, Phoebe’s BFF, roommate and friend since freshman year of college. He is a video game livestreamer who is not ashamed to promote his TikTok whenever he can. Michael is more than happy not to grow up and will be the playful devil on Phoebe’s shoulder.
Robinson’s book, “Please Don’t Sit on My Bed In Your Outside Clothes,” was released on Sept. 28, 2021 under her imprint Tiny Reparations Books.
Freeform’s distinct brand of coming-of-age programming helps to position it as the No. 1 primetime cable network in entertainment among Women 18-34 in fiscal year 2021 to date. Connecting to audiences with its bold original programming and immersive social engagement, Freeform channels the force and momentum of its young adult audience in its quest for progress with authentic, groundbreaking original series such as Emmy(R)-nominated “grown-ish,” “Good Trouble,” “Motherland: Fort Salem” and “Cruel Summer,” which is the No. 1 new cable drama of 2021 to-date among Women 18-34. In 2021, Freeform aired three of the Top 10 scripted cable original series among Women 18-34 – more than any other network, with “grown-ish” ranking as cable’s No. 1 live-action cable comedy series of the year with both Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.
About ABC Signature
One of the Disney Television Studios, ABC Signature is a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. The studio produces many of ABC Entertainment’s most significant hits, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “black-ish,” and “Station 19”; and co-productions “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things,” “The Rookie,” “Home Economics,” late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and new Fall drama “Queens.” Other series include “Godfather of Harlem” for EPIX; Hulu’s “Dollface,” and co-production “Woke; “grown-ish” for Freeform; and “The Wilds” for Amazon. The studio produced “Little Fires Everywhere” for Hulu and Disney + series include “The Mighty Ducks” and “Big Shot.”