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by Alison Willmore
August 6, 2013 5:23 PM
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HBO Is Developing a Comedy Series With 'Awkward Black Girl' Creator Issa Rae

"Awkward Black Girl"

Issa Rae, the creator, writer, director and star of hit web series "Awkward Black Girl," is poised between internet celebrity and full-on, mainstream fame. The big question is -- what's the project that will get her from the latter to the former? Rae has been working on "I Hate LA Dudes," a pilot being produced by Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland company that Rae has said she isn't sure she'd act in, were it to be sold ("I didn't write it for me. But I wouldn't mind. It's hard to say," she told Vulture in February.)

Her newest project, on the other hand, is definitely intended to showcase her talents as a performer as well as a writer. Deadline reports that Rae has a comedy in development with HBO, one that she's set to star in and is co-writing with Larry Wilmore, perhaps best known as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on "The Daily Show" as well as the creator of "The Bernie Mac Show."

The untitled project will "focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman," per Deadline's description, which is similar territory to what Rae has explored in "ABG." She'll co-executive produce the series, with Wilmore executive producing with 3 Arts. HBO is, of course, the home to Lena Dunham's "Girls," a series with which "Awkward Black Girl" tends to be compared, except without the much-discussed diversity issues of Dunham's show.

As is apparently a requirement for every young star these days, Rae has a book deal to write a collection of personal essays, which Simon & Schuster is set to publish next year.


  • Shelby | September 7, 2013 1:38 PMReply

    I absolutely LOVE Issa! I really don't get Girls, and don't find it entertaining at all, it's a lame comparison. I've been at one of her live events where crowds wrapped around the block just to get in to meet her. Great to see Issa getting a shot at the big time.


  • Peggy | August 7, 2013 2:00 PMReply

    I really don't get her web series. I never thought it was funny. Her acting skills are lacking, however, that should not stop her from getting many shows off the ground like that chick who does Girls. She should have the same opportunity.

  • 4F | August 7, 2013 12:36 PMReply

    I might have to pony up the cash to add HBO to my channel lineup again. Good for her, this is great news.

  • LeonRaymond | August 7, 2013 10:37 AMReply

    Great for her and I shocked cause I thought HBO had sworn off all Black folk or anything to do with Black folk in a series or any creative endeavor

  • Brian Marino | August 6, 2013 11:16 PMReply

    Really hope this comes to series and is a hit. She's a wonderful writer and actress.

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  • Brittany | August 6, 2013 8:27 PMReply

    So excited! I'm sure the show will be fantastic!

  • onyx | August 6, 2013 6:56 PMReply

    Good for her! She's talented and beautiful, and I can't wait to see her show on HBO

  • Sareeta | August 6, 2013 6:11 PMReply

    Her web series is very funny. With a bigger budget, I can see this becoming a hit on HBO in the same way Girls did.