Starz has released the official trailer for Season 3 of its hit drama series. Increasewhich gives us our first look at Christina Milian as Collette Jones, the role originating from the late Naya Rivera.
Starz also announced that the third season of the series, inspired by the Lionsgate film franchise, will launch on Tuesday, October 16.
In addition to Milian, Ne-Yo returns for Season 3 in her co-starring role as Sage Odom. The series also stars Faizon Love, Eric Graise, Terayle Hill, Enrique Murciano, and Tricia Helfer.
The hit franchise follows drama, scandalous romance, betrayals and rivalries told through the intersection of the worlds of music and dance within a highly coveted acting empire.
This is the motto: “Welcome to High Water: a next-level incubator for new artistic talent, where danger, corruption, suspicion, desire, resentment and ambition collide inside and outside the corridors of headquarters. As the label’s roster of talent grows, High Water founder and megastar Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) faces charges of murder, financial ruin and powerful political enemies. Her partner in business and in love, Collette Jones (Milian) struggles to maintain her image as she balances a national tour and steps out of her role as the woman behind the empire while she harbors a secret that threatens with ruining everything.
Caught in the Maelstrom is a collective of talented young artists who have been mentored to become top-selling rappers and dance superstars: Rigo (Terrence Green), Poppy (Kendra Willis), Tal (Keiynan Lonsdale), Davis (Carlito Olivero) , Odalie (Jade Chynoweth) and mysterious newcomer Angel (Rebbi Rosie), who discover that living your dream comes at a price.”
Increase is created and produced by Holly Sorensen. Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, who served as producers on the original Increase movies, also an executive producer through her Offspring Entertainment brand. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who co-starred in the original film Increase film, also an executive producer through the production company Free Association and Everheart Productions, Inc., respectively. Erik Feig, who served as producer on all of the films and oversaw the franchise while executive at Lionsgate, is an executive producer through his production company Picturestart. Bill Brown also serves as writer and executive producer, and Dawn Wilkinson serves as director and executive producer.
Starz had announced a new season of Increase just over a month after Rivera lost his life in a swimming accident in Lake Piru. She was 33 years old.
The decision to recast her role was made in conjunction with the support of the cast, producers, and Rivera’s family, after careful consideration of several factors, including the highly serialized nature of the show and the fact that her character is so central to the narration, according to Starz.
Increase Season 3 will premiere October 16 at midnight on the Starz app, all StarzPlay streaming and on-demand platforms, and internationally on the StarzPlay premium streaming platform in all territories. On linear, it will debut on Starz at 10 pm ET/PT in the US and Canada.
Take a look at the trailer above.