Issa Rae Productions released the trailer for Giants today via Issa Rae’s YouTube Channel. The series is set to premiere on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT. Golden-Globe nominated actress, writer, producer Issa Rae and Empire star Jussie Smollett serve as executive producers of Giants. The digital series is created by writer, director, actor James Bland.
Giants is a scripted drama digital series starring Bland, along with child star Vanessa Baden Kelly (Kenan & Kel, Rosewood) and new-comer Sean Samuels. The show follows three black millennials nearing the end of their 20s. As they approach age 30, each battling their own inner giants, tougher obstacles of adulthood await and the stakes have never been higher. Giants takes things a step further than the typical coming of age story by pushing new boundaries of very real issues including mental health, sexual identity, religious skepticism and grave methods of economic survival.
“Giants explores social issues that are either ignored or stigmatized by the black community,” said Bland. “And regardless of race, these characters’ experiences are relatable to almost anyone because they learn the hard way that when life kicks your ass, you either lie down or fight back.”
Giants is the newest series to join a collection of diverse content featured on Rae’s YouTube channel. Since premiering her award-winning comedic web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl in 2011, the channel has exploded with 240,000 subscribers and over 50 million views collectively across all content.