Lena Waithe inks overall deal with Amazon and Them gets its first cast members

Notable creator, Lena Waithe, has inked an overall deal with Amazon. Additionally, we have casting news for Amazon’s original horror anthology, Them.

You might recognize the name Lena Waithe from her excellent Showtime series, The Chi. But she is also known for plenty of other projects and is an Emmy Award winner. Per Deadline, Waithe’s deal with Amazon is rumored to be in the eight-figure range and lasts for a minimum of two years.

We already knew Waithe was working with Amazon to create the upcoming horror anthology series, Them. The first season of which will officially be titled, Them: Covenant. But she will also create and executive produce additional new series exclusively for the platform.

Waithe’s additional credits include writing for Master of None (for which she won her Emmy). She also helped create a new BET comedy series called Twenties, BET’s Boomerang, and an Untitled Kid Fury Project in development at HBO. She will make her feature writing debut with Queen & Slim, set to be released this November.

Them has already been renewed for two seasons. At the Amazon TCA panel, they also released casting news for the upcoming debut season. Deadline reports that Deborah Ayorinde (Luke Cage) and Ashley Thomas (Salvation) will headline Them: Covenant.

They will play the characters Alfred and Lucky Emory, newcomers to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. Initially, their new home appears like premium Americana, with white-picket fences and all, but soon they find themselves threatened by deadly supernatural forces.

Along with Waithe, the horror series will be executive produced by Little Marvin. As of yet, no word on when Them will debut on Amazon Prime Video.

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What do you think about Lena Waithe signing an overall deal with Amazon? Are you planning on watching her new horror anthology, Them: Covenant? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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