‘Rise’ Showrunner Jason Katims on Musicals, ‘Friday Night Lights’ Similarities, & Season 2

From showrunner Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, the NBC drama series Rise follows Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor), a dedicated teacher who sets out on a mission to take over the school’s lackluster theater department and turn it into what he believes it can be, even if no one else sees it. And as he casts the roles in the high school production of Spring Awakening that he’s directing, not only does it revitalize his passion for teaching, but it gives the students a new outlook on their own lives, families and relationships. …

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