Stan has today announced that the gripping new series SWEETBITTER and VIDA will premiere exclusively on Stan on Monday May 7, with episodes dropping weekly, same day as the U.S.
SWEETBITTER, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Stephanie Danler, tells the story of Tess, played by Ella Purnell, (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Maleficent, Kick Ass 2), a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she finds herself interviewing for a position at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes, tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust.
Hot on the heels of its world premiere at last month’s SXSW, where it won the Audience Award (Episodic), VIDA is a half-hour drama series, from the writer of How to Get Away with Murder and Girls, about two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighbourhood, where they are confronted by the past and surprising truth about their mother’s identity.
Both SWEETBITTER and VIDA come exclusively to Stan as part of its long-term partnership with Starz, a Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) company. Other STARZ Original series exclusively on Stan include the forthcoming brand-new season of POWER which will premiere on Stan on July 2 plus hit shows THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, ASH VS EVIL DEAD AND THE WHITE PRINCESS, all currently streaming on Stan.
SWEETBITTER tells the story of Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she’s invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalised world behind-the-scenes: tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Stephanie Danler, SWEETBITTER stars Ella Purnell as “Tess” in the series, alongside Caitlin FitzGerald (UnREAL, Masters of Sex, current season of Stan’s Younger), Tom Sturridge (Far from the Madding Crowd, The Hollow Crown), Paul Sparks(The Greatest Showman, House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience & Boardwalk Empire) Evan Jonigkeit (Broad City, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Girls),Eden Epstein (In Between Men, Blind), Jasmine Mathews (Blue Bloods, Heathers) and Daniyar (Claws, Scandal, Payday). Danler serves as creator, executive producer and writer on the series. Stu Zicherman serves as writer and showrunner and executive producer along with Plan B.
In this first season, we follow Tess along the path of the L train circa 2006: the prestigious Manhattan restaurant where she serves an upscale clientele, an industry dive bar, a corner bodega in Williamsburg, and an East Village apartment with a bathtub in the kitchen. She came to the city without a friend or ambition because she wanted more from her life. Underneath the oysters and champagne is a love letter to the way New York City changes and can change you. But it’s the people Tess meets at the restaurant who end up marking her for life. SWEETBITTER is not only Tess’s story—it is also the story of the backwaiters, servers, bartenders, and dishwashers as they navigate friendship, intimacy, lust and betrayal. Her co-workers become her family, and through them she finds a degree of belonging that she’s never encountered before.
VIDA is a series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more distanced or different from one another. Following the death of their long-estranged mother, the sisters return to their old neighbourhood for the funeral, hoping to make a quick appearance, sell her struggling bar and then leave. Matters get complicated as the two young women are confronted by secrets of the past and forced to face the truth about their mother’s identity. These secrets drive the sisters to reunite with people from their childhood and confront their neighbourhood's changing cultural landscape.
The series, from showrunner Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away With Murder, Looking, Girls), also stars Ser Anzoategui (East Los High, Shameless, The Fosters), Chelsea Rendon (The Fosters), Carlos Miranda (The Bling Ring, Dallas) and Maria Elena Laas (Vital Signs). The Starz-owned series is based on a format by Richard Villegas Jr. (I [Heart] Babylon, La Música Romántica) and executive produced by Big Beach TV’s Robin Schwartz, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub with Stephanie Langhoff (Togetherness, The Bronze, Skeleton Twins).
Additional cast features Elena Campbell-Martínez (The Big Bang Theory, Jane the Virgin, Modern Family, The 15:17 to Paris), Ramses Jimenez (Fear the Walking Dead, Wisdom of the Crowd, Good Behavior), Luis Bordonada (Better Call Saul, The Bridge, Barracuda), Elizabeth De Razzo (The 33, Eastbound & Down, Idiotsitter), Renee Victor (Coco, Weeds, The Apostle), Adelina Anthony (Bruising for Besos, Gold Star), and Erika Soto.