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VH1 takes hip-hop film to series

Scripted-logo-460_2VH1 is making The Breaks, a hip-hop series that will follow on from its original TV movie of the same name.

The Breaks the series will bow later this year on the Viacom-owned net. The movie went out in January and was the top cable show among 18-34s in its 11pm slot.

The project is based on the Dan Charnas book The Big Payback, which traces the history of hip-hop.

The TV movie was written by Seith Mann (The Wire and The Walking Dead) with a story by Mann and Charnas following three friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in 1990s New York. Both will also work on the series.

The Breaks is VH1 at its best, intersecting 90s nostalgia with hip hop for the masses,” said Chris McCarthy, general manager of VH1. “Both the viewers and critics have spoken, and we couldn’t be happier to continue telling the story that has already connected with millions of pop culture fans.”