Powerhouse Emmy Award winning writer, producer, actress Lena Waithe is executive producing the upcoming horror anthology series, THEM, for Amazon. It was announced that the streaming service has ordered a two-season, straight-to-series order at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday.

The first season of THEM: Covenant, will “follow the still-to-be-cast characters of Alfred and Lucky Emory who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on a tree lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.”

When asked about the quality of the show’s plot, Waithe said, “Little Marvin’s script stayed with me for weeks after I read it. He’s written something that’s provocative and terrifying. The first season will speak to how frightening it was to be black in 1953. It will also remind us that being black in 2018 is just as horrifying. This anthology series will examine the cultural divides among all of us and explore us vs THEM in a way we’ve never seen before,” she said.

“My heart was still pounding an hour after I heard this pitch. The show is edge of your seat scary and addictive while also being provocative and socially relevant,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be in business with the incredibly talented Lena Waithe, Little Marvin and Vertigo.”

Waithe is currently serving as writer/producer on the TBS recently greenlit a comedy Twenties, her Showtime series The Chi was renewed for a second season, and she recently signed a first-look deal with the network. Waithe also wrote the film Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya, which Melina Matsoukas will direct.

We look forward to seeing more from Waithe as she continues to build her media empire!

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