The latest trailer for the highly anticipated NBC series Rise is here and it’s the Friday Night Lights-High School Musical mashup of our dreams. Ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday, NBC released their TV spot for the upcoming musical drama a few days early and it’s giving us some major goosebumps.
Jason Katims, otherwise known as the guy who made you cry and love football in Friday Night Lights, and then cry and love your family in Parenthood, is back with a show that’s probably going to make you cry and fall in love with high school theater. Based on the nonfiction book Drama High, the series follows a high school teacher who picks up the school’s floundering theater program and attempts to turn it around, putting on Spring Awakening and searching for talent outside the drama club.
While the show does lack a Coach and Tami Taylor, and any of the inimitable Bravermans, Rise looks to be full of the very real drama we’ve come to know and love from Katims.
In the first trailer, we get acquainted with the educators (Josh Radnor and Rosie Perez) looking to revive the theater program and the high school students who inhabit it. It also introduces us to theater outsiders, Robbie Thorne (Damon Gillespie) the school’s football star and the high-achieving Lilette Suarez (Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho), our eventual stars of Spring Awakening, as they struggle to meet the expectations of everyone around them and find their way to the theater department.
While the first trailer gave us a small preview of all the tissues we’re going to need for this series, the Super Bowl trailer focuses on Robbie, Lilette, and their peers — and their Broadway-worthy voices. Prepare to get chills.
With the producers from Hamilton also behind Rise, it should come as no surprise that the talent is top-notch. Plus, Radnor’s character may just have the promise to be a Coach Taylor of musical theater.
Start ordering those tissues now because Rise is set to premiere AFTER This Is Us on March 13th.