Fresh off helping Dave Bautista solve Fibonacci riddles in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story, Jackie Hoffman, New York theater actress extraordinaire, is now lecturing the young women of Rydell High on proper behavior in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. Paramount+ debuted the teaser trailer today at the show's panel at the Television Critics Association 2023 winter press tour. Hoffman's Principal McGee isn't the lead of the new series — that would be the titular Pink Ladies, Jane (Marisa Davila), Olivia (Cheyenne Isabel Wells), Cynthia (Ari Notartomaso), and Nancy (Tricia Fukuhara) — but her warning that "a girl's reputation is all that she has" certainly puts her at odds with the burgeoning bad girls of Rydell.
The series, from showrunner Annabel Oakes, is a prequel to the 1978 film Grease, which starred the late Olivia Newton-John as a new girl in school who gets taken in by the cigarette-smoking, dessert-wine-swilling, boy-crazy Pink Ladies. The quartet in Rise of the Pink Ladies predate Rizzo, Frenchie, and the gang from Grease. The series explores how these outcast girls learn to have their own fun, all while the adults around them are scandalized at their behavior.
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies premieres on Paramount+ on Thursday, April 6.
High school isn't only the setting for a retro musical comedy on Paramount+ this spring. It's also the place for supernatural sleuthing with the upcoming series School Spirits. Cobra Kai star Peyton List plays a teen girl who finds herself stuck in the afterlife — in her own high school — where she has to investigate the mystery of her own disappearance. Between that plot description and the trailer, which premiered at the show's TCA panel on Monday, it sounds like a mix of Ghosts meets Veronica Mars meets iZombie. Paramount+ will premiere the first two episodes of School Spirits on March 9.
Paramount+ also premiered the trailer for their upcoming romantic comedy At Midnight. The film stars Monica Barbaro, who played fighter pilot trainee Phoenix inTop Gun: Maverick, as a movie star rebounding from a humiliating breakup, who then falls for a handsome hotel manager, played by Scream Queens' Diego Boneta. The film also stars Whitney Cummings as a fast-talking publicist and Anders Holm as — and make sure you're sitting down before you read this — Barbaro's cheating boyfriend.
At Midnight comes from writer-director Jonah Feingold and premieres exclusively on Paramount+ on February 10.
Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.