Digital sudser Pride: The Series is diversifying its writing staff. The online series announced two new hires. General Hospital scriptwriter Scott C. Sickles joins as the head writer and Maryam Myika Day will serve as a breakdown writer.
Pride centers on four friends: Kai, Trina, Travis, and Adam – each one navigating their own personal complexities to find out who they are, what they want, and what they are willing to do to get it. Pride: The Series follows their struggles to live life on their own terms with bisexuality, transgender roles, and coming out in the heart of New York City.
Sickles is of Asian descent and boards the series with over 30 years of experience behind him. His credits include GH, where he received four consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards, and six Emmy Award nominations for ABC's lone sudser and One Life to Live. In March, Sickles debuted his play Nonsense and Beauty at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Sickles will perform double duty on both shows. He will still serve as scriptwriter on GH.
On joining the series, Sickles stated,
I was especially intrigued by how the first season centered around Pride Day 2013, then went back and forth in time, telling the story of these characters’ lives like a neo-noir puzzle. Likewise, the new season revolves around World Pride Day 2019. Six years later, the characters have grown up, their relationships have evolved, and the world has changed... in good ways and bad. We’re looking forward to more romance and sex for these characters, as well as more politically-charged stories that reflect the challenges LGBT people and our allies face in these troubling times
Day is an African-American Telly Award-winning producer. Her credits include acting in a supporting role in the feature film Smartass. She also has a partnership with MarVista Entertainment for writing her television film On The Line and writing the untold story of the late Motown singer Tammi Terrell for the upcoming biopic, Mountain High starring Kat Graham.
Our passion is to reflect through our art the times we are in. PRIDE: The Series is a reflection of the unique timing of the absolute freedom of voice, agency and action we now see in the LGBTQ community. PRIDE the series is a reminder to us all of our responsibility to show up, be present, and exact who we are and to continue to fight to let our voices be free.
To watch the first and second series, viewers can tune into Amazon Prime, free on TUBITv for the first season, and on PrideTheSeries.Com.