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Episode Info: "Rise," inspired by a real-life teacher, stars Josh Radnor as Lou, a teacher going through a bit of a midlife crisis. He decides the answer to his woes is to jazz up the school's lackluster theater department. One problem: It's already run by Tracey, played by Rosie Perez. Jason Katims was the executive producer behind FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and PARENTHOOD, and HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller, are behind the new NBC drama. Perez and Katims stopped by IndieWire to discuss their inspirations for RISE, including what convinced Katims to return to high school — and why Perez finally started doing TV after years of avoiding the small screen.Read more »

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