Wu-Tang: An American Saga

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Wu-Tang: An American Saga
GenreDrama
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2019 (2019-09-04) –
present (present)

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is an American drama streaming television series, created by RZA and Alex Tse, which premiered on September 4, 2019 on Hulu.[1] The show portrays a fictionalized account of the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan. In January 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on September 8, 2021.[2][3]

Premise[edit]

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is set in New York City during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the early 1990s. It follows the Wu-Tang Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA (Sanders), and rise amid the dangers and excesses that came with the epidemic.[4] Seeking his own way out, Diggs turns to rap in order to carve a path to fame going against his older brother Divine (Martinez), who favored the drug trade as the means to giving their family a better life.[5] The story depicts how it all came together for the clan as Diggs unites a dozen young black men who are torn between music and crime.[6] The group battles against the forces that hold them down and these include their own occasional impulse to give up the fight.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
110September 4, 2019 (2019-09-04)October 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)
210September 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)[3]October 27, 2021 (2021-10-27)[10][11]

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [10]
11"Can It Be All So Simple"Chris RobinsonThe RZA & Alex TseSeptember 4, 2019 (2019-09-04)
22"Winter Warz"Norberto BarbaThe RZA & Alex TseSeptember 4, 2019 (2019-09-04)
33"All In Together Now"Darren GrantThe RZA & Alex TseSeptember 4, 2019 (2019-09-04)
44"All That I Got Is You"Tara Nicole WeyrRodney BarnesSeptember 11, 2019 (2019-09-11)
55"Cold World"Jet WilkinsonRyan O'NanSeptember 18, 2019 (2019-09-18)
66"Impossible"Craig ZiskZina CamblinSeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)
77"Box in Hand"Malcolm D. LeeChelsey LoraOctober 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)
88"Labels"Tara Nicole WeyrGabe FonsecaOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
99"I Declare War"Craig ZiskZak SchwartzOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
1010"Assassination Day"Colin BuckseyEmily SheshOctober 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [10]
111"Little Ghetto Boys"Mario Van PeeblesThe RZA & Alex TseSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
122"Brooklyn Zoo"Craig ZiskEmily SheshSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
133"Hollow Bones"Matthew RossRyan O’NanSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
144"Pioneer the Frontier"[12]Craig ZiskZina CamblinSeptember 15, 2021 (2021-09-15)
155"Visionz"[12]TBATBASeptember 22, 2021 (2021-09-22)
166"Protect Ya Neck"[12]TBATBASeptember 29, 2021 (2021-09-29)
177"Airwaves"[12]TBATBAOctober 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)
188"Saturday Nite"[12]TBATBAOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)
199"C.R.E.A.M"[12]TBATBAOctober 20, 2021 (2021-10-20)
2010"As High as Wu-Tang Gets"[12]TBATBAOctober 27, 2021 (2021-10-27)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 11, 2018, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a series order consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by RZA and Alex Tse, both of whom were expected to write for the series and executive produce alongside Brian Grazer, Merrin Dungey, and Method Man. Consulting producers were set to consist of Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and GZA as well as the estate of Ol' Dirty Bastard. Production companies were slated to include Imagine Television.[6][13][14] On January 17, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which is set to premiere on September 8, 2021 with a three-episode release.[2][3]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series commenced in February 2019 in New York City, New York.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video: New Teaser Trailer for "Wu-Tang: An American Saga"". The Futon Critic. July 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b White, Peter (January 17, 2020). "'Dollface' & 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' Renewed For Season 2 By Hulu – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Iannucci, Rebecca (July 14, 2021). "Wu-Tang: An American Saga to Return in September for Season 2 on Hulu". TVLine. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Lowry, Brian (September 3, 2019). "'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' joins wave of musical bios". CNN. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  5. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (September 2, 2019). "'Wu-Tang: An American Saga': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 11, 2018). "Wu-Tang Drama Series Ordered By Hulu From The RZA, Alex Tse & Imagine TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (2019-08-28). "TV Review: 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  8. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (March 10, 2021). "'Wu-Tang: An American Saga': Uyoata Udi To Play Inspectah Deck In Hulu Drama". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (May 27, 2021). "La La Anthony Joins Season 2 Of Hulu's 'Wu Tang: An American Saga' As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood.
  10. ^ a b c "Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Listings – October 27, 2021". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 3, 2021. wu-tang: an american saga: tba (#210) [2nd season finale]
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Wu-Tang: An American Saga Press". Hulu Press. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  13. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 11, 2018). "Wu-Tang Clan Scripted Origin Series Ordered at Hulu". Variety. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 11, 2018). "Wu-Tang Clan Scripted Drama Ordered to Series at Hulu". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Welch, Rebecca (November 7, 2018). "Bringing Wu-Tang to Life on Hulu". Backstage. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

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