Home Movies Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is coming to Paramount this spring. Here is everything we know so far.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is coming to Paramount this spring. Here is everything we know so far.

by Arti Rathore
Grease Rise of the Pink Ladies

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is an upcoming American musical romantic comedy television series that is announced to premiere on Paramount on April 6, 2023. It is a prequel to the first two Grease movies, based on the musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.


The series takes place in 1954, four years before the events of Grease, and pursues four fed-up and misfit scholars who band together to get out of the moral terror that will change Rydell High permanently and become the founding mothers of the first elevated school clique understood as the Pink Ladies.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies the main Cast and characters

  • Marisa Davila as Jane
  • Cheyenne Isabel Wells as Olivia
  • Ari Notartomaso as Cynthia
  • Tricia Fukuhara as Nancy
  • Shanel Bailey as Hazel
  • Madison Thompson as Susan
  • Johnathan Nieves as Richie
  • Jason Schmidt as Buddy
  • Maxwell Whittington-Cooper as Wally
  • Jackie Hoffman as Asst. Principal McGee

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies Recurring

  • Chris McNally as Mr. Daniels
  • Charlotte Kavanagh as Rosemary
  • Josette Halpert as Dot
  • Nicholas McDonough as Gil
  • Maximo Weber Salas as Shy Guy
  • Alexis Sides as Potato
  • Niamh Wilson as Lydia



The series was shown in straight-to-series order by WarnerMedia in October 2019 under the title Grease: Rydell High, set to air on their streaming service HBO Max. In April 2020, Annabel Oakes was employed to write the pilot episode and act as administrative producer for the sequel. In May 2020, the title of the series was switched to Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, and it was revealed that the series is set to launch in 2021.

In October 2020, it was announced that the series would rather premiere on Paramount behind Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max Casey Bloys chose not to move forward with the sequel at HBO Max. Along with the change of web, Annabel Oakes was announced to act as a creator of the sequel. In July 2021, the series was presented with a ten-episode series order officially by Paramount. Marty Bowen and Erik Feig bound the series as executive producers. Alethea Jones is an Australian director who was announced as a producer in October 2021 and will also direct the first episode


On January 31, 2022, it was reported that Marisa Davila, Rise of the Pink Ladies, Ari Notartomaso, Tricia Fukuhara, Shanel Bailey (a 2019 Syracuse University graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre.), Madison Thompson, Johnathan Nieves, Jason Schmidt, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper, and Jackie Hoffman were cast in starring parts. In February 2022, it was announced Chris McNally, Charlotte Kavanagh, Josette Halpert, Nicholas McDonough, Maximo Weber Salas, and Alexis Sides joined the cast in recurring capacities.


The series was originally scheduled to be filmed in California after obtaining a tax credit to shoot in the condition. On January 31, 2022, it was reported that the presentation had begun in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canadian Province).


The launch of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies was first earmarked for earlier 2023 in a story in Entertainment Weekly in December 2022. On January 9, 2023, the series was revealed at a Television Critics Association conference to premiere on April 6, 2023.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies plot.

Oakes said that while Grease the musical and film was from the 1970s commenting on the 50s, the series will remark on both the ’70s and the ’50s from a 2023 view. The show is placed four years before the events of the film and follows four misfit students who evolve into the founding partners of the Pink Ladies. 

Super Star Marisa Davila said that the Pink Ladies of the new sequel will be dealing with all of the same issues as the Pink Ladies in the movie, but Notorious added that their choice is new opportunities as well to tell novels about nonwhite and nonstraight characters. Tricia Fukuhara said that her character Nancy, for example, will be dealing with the remaining

the trauma of having been in an incarceration camp, and the more current trauma of living as a young woman in a tall school.

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