Sunday, May 09, 2021

First Look at the Cast of Nickelodeon's 'That Girl Lay Lay'

The cast of Nickelodeon's upcoming brand new comedy series That Girl Lay Lay (working title) has been unveiled!

From L-R: Peyton Perrine III, Tommy Hobson, Tiffany Daniels, director
Wendy Faraone, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green and That Girl Lay Lay

Announced in March as part of Nickelodeon's 2021 Upfront presentationThat Girl Lay Lay is a new comedy series starring teen sensation and hip-hop artist Alaya “That Girl Lay Lay” High.

Joining That Girl Lay Lay on her self-titled comedy series will be Nickelodeon stars Gabrielle Nevaeh Green (All That, Unfiltered) and Kensington Tallman (Side Hustle, Drama Club), along with Tommy Hobson (Fresh Beat Band of Spies), Tiffany Daniels (The Fresh Beat Band, La La LandGeneral Hospital), Caleb Brown (Henry Danger, The Middle, Mother's Day), Emma Winnick, Christine Rodriguez (Mom, Raven's Home, Austin & Ally) as Ms. Calloway (aka Ms. C), Peyton Perrine III (aka P3), and Full House and Fuller House star Andrea Barber will be playing Principal Willingham. Actor Anna Grace Arnold, who plays Tasha on Side Hustle and the daughter of the show's creator, David A. Arnold, has also joined the cast. Choreographer Jason Chong and Cris Judd will also be involved in the series.

The series (13 episodes) marks Nickelodeon’s first project under an overall deal with That Girl Lay Lay to develop original multiform programming and music initiatives, and build a cross-category consumer products business. Produced by record-breaking producer Will Packer (LittleRide Along) and Will Packer Media (Bigger), the series is set to begin production this spring, with a premiere slated for this summer on Nickelodeon.

Update (5/9) - That Girl Lay Lay will also be singing the theme song of her brand new Nickelodeon show!

Created by David A. Arnold (Side Hustle, Fuller House, Bigger), That Girl Lay Lay follows Lay Lay (That Girl Lay Lay), an avatar from a personal affirmation app that magically comes to life, and her best friend Sadie as they navigate life as teenagers and discover who they truly are.

In That Girl Lay Lay, phone avatar Lay Lay is the perfect hype girl and best friend that anyone could ever want from their personal affirmation app.  Struggling to make her mark at school and needing a best friend to talk to, Sadie wishes upon a star that Lay Lay was real and could help teach her how to stand out.  When her wish comes true and Lay Lay is magically brought to life, the two friends learn that when they are together, they can accomplish anything.  

In addition to her new comedy series, Nickelodeon’s comprehensive strategy for That Girl Lay Lay includes supporting her music career and an exclusive line of consumer products, with merchandising agreements spanning categories such as fashion, accessories, publishing and more.

Shooting for the draft version of the first episode of That Girl Lay Lay commenced in Studio City in Los Angeles, California on Monday 19th April 2021. Episode #101 (the pilot episode) is titled "Out the App", which is being directed by Wendy Faraone, who revealed the cast on her Instagram Stories!

That Girl Lay Lay is a social media star and hip-hop prodigy who has taken the world by storm with her infectious energy and sharp rhymes.  She has been writing, producing, rapping and singing since the age of five, and at age 11 became the youngest female rapper to sign a recording deal and create her own imprint, Fresh Rebel Muzik/EMPIRE.  Her music videos garner millions of views, with her smash hits “Mama” and “Supersize XL” having amassed close to 90 million views on YouTube to date between the two.

That Girl Lay Lay is produced by Will Packer Media (Bigger), with Will Packer (Little, Ride Along) and Carolyn Newman serving as executive producers and Toy Monique Hawkins overseeing.  The series is created and executive produced by David A. Arnold (Side Hustle, Fuller House, Bigger), who also serves as showrunner.  John Beck & Ron Hart (Side Hustle, Fuller House, Liv and Maddie) serve as executive producers.  Production of That Girl Lay Lay for Nickelodeon is overseen by Zack Olin, Senior Vice President, Live Action, and Shauna Phelan, Senior Vice President, Live-Action Scripted Content.

Originally published: Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

H/T: Special thanks to @sidehustleseries for the news!; Additional source: Texas Monthly.

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