‘Queens’: Cast, trailer, premiere and everything else you need to know about the ABC drama

Queens
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ABC is getting the band back together in its new drama series Queens. The series, which comes from Zahir McGhee, who previously wrote for and produced the ABC shows Scandal and Stumptown, has already been ordered to series by ABC and put in the network’s 2021-2022 lineup.

Here is everything that we know about Queens.

What’s the premise of ‘Queens’?

Queens is a drama that will follow four former members of a hip hop band called Nasty Bitch, all of whom are now in their 40s. They decide to reconnect and try to regain the fame that they had in the ‘90s.

If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because Peacock has had success with a similarly themed show, Girls5eva. McGhee had been working on Queens prior to Girls5eva breaking out and the show is expected to take a more dramatic approach to its material, rather than Girls5eva's straight comedy.

Who is in the ‘Queens’ cast?

To play the former hip hop superstars, Queens has cast some actual hip hop legends. Rapper Eve and pop icon Brandy are part of the group, along with Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez.

Joining those ladies in the cast are Taylor Selé, Pepi Sonuga, Daphne Austin, Kevin Mikal Curry, Rhonda Johnson Dents, Quinn McPherson and Tre Stokes.

When does ‘Queens’ premiere?

Queens has netted the Tuesday at 10 p.m. spot in ABC’s lineup, with its premiere coming on Oct. 19. Queens will get a major lead-in, as The Bachelorette franchise will air from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesdays this fall.

Queens’ main competition in the 10 p.m. Tuesday slot comes from the CBS series FBI: Most Wanted and NBC’s medical drama New Amsterdam.

Is there a ‘Queens’ trailer?

With just about a month to go before the Queens pilot (written by McGhee and directed by Tim Story) premieres, ABC has released a full trailer for the drama series. Give it a watch below.

Are there 'Queens' reviews?

Queens is one of the final new broadcast dramas to premiere this fall, but it appears to rank right up there as one of the best of the bunch. The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) summarized it by praising the stellar cast that "makes for catchy music and juicy drama," while Variety (opens in new tab)'s review of the pilot episode said that the show seems to understand what will set it apart.

Taking the landscape of reviews for Queens collectively, Metacritic scores the the show at a very respectable 76.

How to watch 'Queens'

If you are a subscriber to a traditional cable/satellite pay-TV provider, have a TV antenna that can receive local station signals or subscribe to a live TV streaming service that includes ABC among its channel lineup (i.e. Fubo TVHulu with Live TV and YouTube TV), you can easily watch Queens via your TV when it airs live on your local ABC station every Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Not at home to watch Queens live? Any subscriber to a traditional pay-TV or live TV streaming service can use their login credentials to watch the latest episode of Queens the next day via ABC's website.

For those who rely entirely on streaming, Hulu will have each new episode of Queens by Wednesday for viewers to watch whenever they want.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).