Netflix orders ‘Blackout’ drama from Obamas & Paris Hilton cooking series

Netflix has commissioned a drama anthology series from the Obama’s Higher Ground and Temple Hill and a new cooking series featuring Paris Hilton.

The six-part anthology Blackout will tell six different stories, each from a different writer, about Black teenagers who find love during a power outage in New York City.

Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon are to pen the stories, which include a tale of two boys trapped on the subway who come face-to-face with their feelings, and a pair of best friends stuck in the New York Public Library who must figure out if a love story is in their future.

“When the lights go out and people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendships transform, and all possibilities take flight,” said Netflix, which is developing the project for both TV and film under Higher Ground’s overall deal with the streamer.

Meanwhile, businesswoman and media personality Hilton will front the 6 x 30-minute Cooking With Paris, which is to land on the streamer on 4 August, according to Variety, which first reported the story.

The series will see Hilton attempt to impress celebrity friends with her culinary talents as tackles new recipes and unusual kitchen appliances, with viewers following her from the grocery store to the finished meal.

Netflix reveals that Hilton will embrace her “very newly domesticated side,” as she “learns to sauté, sear and zest,” and demonstrate her “culinary expertise (or lack thereof), glam kitchen wardrobe and party-throwing skills with some of her fab celeb friends.”

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