Thursday, October 15, 2015

HBO Gives Series Order to Comedy 'Insecure' Starring Issa Rae

HBO has given a series order to comedy Insecure created by and starring Issa Rae, it was announced this evening. The first season will likely debut in 2016.

The comedy examines the friendship of two modern-day African American women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.

Rae stars as Issa Dee, with Yvonne Orji as her best friend Molly. Although she is very successful professionally in the corporate world, Molly is not so successful in her love life. Jay Ellis also stars as Lawrence, Issa's depressed and unemployed boyfriend who has been trying to get his act together for the past four years. Lisa Joyce rounds out the cast as Frieda, Issa's liberal and empathetic co-worker at an educational non-profit firm.

Rae and Larry Wilmore co-wrote the pilot, which was directed by Melina Matsoukas. Rae will co-executive producer, while Wilmore will serve as a consultant. Prentice Penny will serve as showrunner for the first season. Additional executive producers include Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry.