I’m totally convinced that web series are increasingly the way to go to see more realistic, honest or simply just different (i.e.eccentric and quirky) portrayals of black folks. Hollywood is too corrupted, small minded and firmly stuck in their ways to even attempt that. Issa Rae could tell you stories about how Hollywood has treated her or has been utterly clueless when she pitched them her Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl as a TV series.
Now here comes a new web series with a black female lead, She Got Problems – created by, written by, and starring Alison McDonald, who’s a veteran TV writer and story editor on shows such as Close To Home, American Dad and currently on Nurse Jackie.
No doubt Ms. McDonald knows all too well the pitfalls of television and why they avoid taking risks and most anything they put out seems so crappy: “Everything is grouped to death, with the unattainable goal of appealing to every being on the planet. And the resulting product is bland indistinquishable matter.”
The series deals with her messed up personal life and troubles finding a suitable mate, but told in a genuinely funny off-kilter approach. According to Ms. McDonald this was a project she had been developing for six years originally as a feature film and that it was inspired by actual events. She is currently working to raise the money to create full length versions of the series.
And if McDonald reminds you of someone, that is because she’s the sister of actress/singer Audra McDonald who makes a cameo appearance in the first episode. What’s the point of having family connections if you can’t use them?