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HBO Gives Pilot Order to Issa Rae’s ‘Awkward Black Girl’-esque Comedy, ‘Insecure’ (Co-written w/ Larry Wilmore)

HBO Gives Pilot Order to Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy, 'Insecure' (Co-written w/ Larry Wilmore)

It was in August 2013 when it was first revealed that Issa Rae was developing a series for HBO, created by she and funnyman Larry Wilmore, which was to focus on “the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman,” as was officially described at the time.

Kinda sounds like “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” – her hit web series, except made for HBO.

Skip ahead to today, with the formal announcement that HBO has given a pilot order for the project, which will be titled “Insecure,” and which Issa Rae will star in, as well as write, along with Wilmore.

To be produced by 3 Arts, the firm managing both Wilmore and Rae, a search is now underway for a director and showrunner for “Insecure,” although no ETA yet. But HBO is likely eyeing it for its 2015/2016 programming slate – that is, assuming the premium cable network eventually orders the pilot to series, which will be its next big hurdle.  

And it would be a coup, considering that scripted original programming on premium cable networks (HBO, Showtime, etc) centered around the lives of black women, aren’t exactly in abundance.

Ms Rae recently launched ColorCreative.TV – a home exclusively for diverse talent, with the goal being to move beyond the web series space, and push into television. Also, she has a new book on the way, published by Simon & Schuster, titled “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” which will be out next week Tuesday, the 10th. 

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