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Octavia Butler's book Kindred was one of my favorite novels.  It is true sci-fi without reliance on high tech.  Just an interesting what-if story of teleportation across space/time.  Well technically not teleportation, I don't know what the word for it would be ... it was just an excellent book!






FX’s Kindred


New Drama Series Premieres Tuesday, December 13

Exclusively on Hulu


All Eight Episodes Will Be Available at Premiere


Based on the Profoundly Influential Novel by Octavia E. Butler



LOS ANGELES, October 10, 2022 – FX’s Kindred, the new drama series based on Octavia E. Butler’s profoundly influential novel, will premiere Tuesday, December 13 exclusively on Hulu. The premiere will include all eight episodes. The series will soon be available on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.


The announcement was made yesterday, at New York Comic Con during a Kindred panel presentation featuring showrunner and executive producer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and cast members Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, David Alexander Kaplan, Sophina Brown and Sheria Irving.


Adapted from the celebrated novel Kindred, by Hugo Award-winner Octavia E. Butler, the FX series centers on “Dana James” (Mallori Johnson), a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own. But, before she can settle into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time. She emerges at a nineteenth-century plantation, a place remarkably and intimately linked with Dana and her family. An interracial romance threads through Dana’s past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront secrets she never knew ran through her blood, in this genre-breaking exploration of the ties that bind.


Kindred stars Mallori Johnson as “Dana James,” Micah Stock as “Kevin Franklin,” Ryan Kwanten as “Thomas Weylin,” Gayle Rankin as “Margaret Weylin,” Austin Smith as “Luke,” David Alexander Kaplan as “Rufus Weylin,” Sophina Brown as “Sarah” and Sheria Irving as “Olivia.”


Kindred, Octavia E. Butler’s celebrated and critically acclaimed novel, has been adapted for television by writer and showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins who executive produces the series with Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel of Protozoa Pictures, Courtney Lee-Mitchell, Jules Jackson and Ernestine Walker. Janicza Bravo directed and served as an executive producer on the pilot. The eight-episode season is produced by FX Productions.


About FX 

FX, a division of Disney General Entertainment, is a global multiplatform brand that develops, produces, commissions and markets original programming for Hulu and the FX and FXX linear channels in the U.S., and Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ in all other international territories. The FX brand mark appears above the title across its entire slate of originals. Over the past two decades, FX has been responsible for some the most-critically acclaimed and award-winning shows on television. Some of the brand’s current and legacy titles include the dramas American Horror StoryAmerican Crime StoryThe AmericansThe BearDamagesFargoJustifiedNip/TuckThe Old ManThe PatientPoseRescue MeThe Shield and Sons of Anarchy; the comedies ArcherAtlantaBetter ThingsDAVEIt’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaLittle DemonReservation Dogs and What We Do in the Shadows; and a growing slate of docuseries and documentary films.





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Yoooo! Thanks for sharing!! I read Kindred 3 times, and can’t wait to watch the series on Hulu. It’s a story that took me on an emotional roller coaster, as I reflected about the sacrifices that our ancestors made for us to live closer to ‘freedom’. 

can you imagine experiencing Dana’s journey?  I mean, how do you explain these “strange” occurrences with time past to your husband, or to anyone for that matter, and expect them to believe you?


and then, be a kindred to a little white boy, whose parents are slave owners...  But it goes to show you how forgiving we are, in spite of.

my thoughts go in so many directions, as I think about the story, but I’ll some it up by saying, ‘Wakanda Forever!’  That is a promise that a civilization. Can go forward in the face of unspeakable hardship.


And so it is


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  • 2 weeks later...


Do you ever worry that audiences will grow weary of stories on slavery?


There is this interesting quota that we all want to put on stories about slavery, and I think that question is often asked only of Black creatives. There are a thousand shows on the air about rich white families doing evil sympathetically, and no one puts a quota on that. I think it’s interesting that there’s this desire to police any storytelling about a creative’s history. I mean, this is my history and my family history.

I also think people are worried, afraid of, or sick of the tropes and stereotypes that come with this work and are waiting for the familiar scene in which some female enslaved person is raped or someone is tied to a pole or a tree and whipped. But in honoring Octavia’s book, I’m trying to find new things to talk about. We should never stop telling these stories, especially when people try to erase them from history books.


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