Created and hosted by B.J. Novak (The Office), the bold half-hour anthology series The Premise will premiere its first two episodes 17 September on BINGE, with new episodes dropping weekly.
The Premise is a fearlessly ambitious new series that uses comedy to engage with the biggest issues of our unprecedented modern era. The curated collection of character-driven stories challenges our morality tales to engage with the most relevant issues of the modern era – guns, social justice, revenge, fame, social media – nothing is off limits.
The Premise features a star studded cast including Ben Platt (The Politician, Pitch Perfect), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends, Black-ish), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0, The Good Doctor), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl, Mozart in the Jungle), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea), Kaitlyn Dever (Bad Teacher, Unbelievable), Jon Bernthaland (The Walking Dead, Ford v. Ferrari), Soko, Jermaine Fowler, Ayo Edebiri, Eric Lange, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ed Asner, George Wallace, Boyd Holbrook and Beau Bridges, among others.
The first instalment of The Premise will feature the following five episodes:
“Social Justice Sex Tape” – When a white, woke, twenty-something ally to social justice causes (Ben Platt) discovers video evidence of a disputed police incident in the background of his highly embarrassing sex tape, a savvy young lawyer (Ayo Edebiri) and her mentor (Tracee Ellis Ross) strategise on how to best use the tape and witness to save an innocent man (Jermaine Fowler) from prison.
“Moment of Silence” – After losing his daughter to gun violence, a grieving father (Jon Bernthal) pursues a new job as a PR director at the National Gun Lobby, where he’s befriended by a co-worker (Boyd Holbrook) who starts to suspect the man’s motives may be far more dangerous than they seem.
“The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler” – A pop megastar (Lucas Hedges) returns to his high school to pledge a donation to build a new library, but instead promises to have sex with the school’s valedictorian as an academic achievement prize. The promise inspires the disillusioned Abbi (Kaitlyn Dever) along with the rest of the student body, while the star’s manager (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and the school’s principal (George Wallace) desperately try to walk back the promise.
“The Commenter” – A young woman (Lola Kirke) with a happy life and loving partner (Soko) becomes obsessed with a critical anonymous comment online, eventually upending her life in a quest for the commenter’s approval.
“Butt Plug” – A once-poor child of immigrants (Daniel Dae Kim) who has now become one of the world’s richest men presents a chance at redemption to his former school bully (Eric Lange): an uninterrupted hour with his board of directors to pitch a very specific product.
The Premise is executive produced by Emmy®-nominated B.J. Novak (The Office) and Academy Award®-winning John Lesher (Birdman); produced by FX Productions.