Reservation Dogs Greenlit - Native American Comedy Coming to FX
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Reservation Dogs Greenlit: Native American Comedy Coming To FX

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BY July 20, 2021

Quick, Joshua’s asleep–get my airhorns! Me, screaming over airhorn noises: Okay, so here’s the deal. FX has given the green light to Reservation Dogs, a comedy about Native Americans starring Native Americans. I know, right? And what’s equally important, perhaps most important, is that Native Americans are going to be behind the camera, too. To wit, Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi are producing the series. (Waititi is, of course, not Native American, but he is native–still counts.)

Reservation Dogs Pilot Shot on Location in Muscogee Capital

Filmmaker Harjo (Seminole-Muscogee) is a native of Oklahoma in every sense of the word. So it makes sense that the series will be set there. They filmed the pilot in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the historic capital of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

In a statement, Nick Grad, FX’s head of original programming, said, “Sterlin Harjo draws deeply on his experiences as a Native Oklahoman to make Reservation Dogs a true-to-life and incredibly funny story of youth, courage and misadventures.” The series will focus on a quartet of Native youths “who spend their days committing crime and fighting it,” according to Variety. (By the way, in case you didn’t know, the title is a fun play on words. Not only does it invoke the film Reservoir Dogs, but it also references rez dogs, the wild pups who roam reservations. Hmm, parallels.)

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai and Paulina Alexis, both in this year’s film Beans, about the Oka Crisis, will star in the series. Devery Jacobs, who’s been in stuff like The Order and Blood Quantum (check out our movie review), will also star. Rounding out the quartet is Lane Factor, a newcomer to acting.

Indigenous Writers Will Staff The Writers’ Room

In addition to Native talent onscreen, the series will also showcase Native writers. This comes as great news, especially in the wake of Netflix’s Spirit Rangers. As I discussed in that post, Native writers help make Native stories more believable.

We don’t know much about what the stories will be like beyond the brief synopsis, though. However, Harjo spoke a bit about the series. He said, “As longtime friends, it was only natural that Taika and I found a project together, and what better than a show that celebrates the complementary storytelling styles of our indigenous communities — mine in Oklahoma and Taika’s in Aotearoa.” He also said, “We’re thrilled by the opportunity to tell the Reservation Dogs’ story with our amazing cast and crew, Garrett Basch, and the whole team at FX.”

And I’m thrilled to see it. But what do y’all think? Tell us on our social media or here in the comments.

featured image via FX

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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