Here’s something that’s not awkward at all: HBO has ordered the comedy series Insecure from Issa Rae.
Rae — known for her viral web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl — created the show and wrote the pilot with The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore. Insecure centers on the “friendship of two modern-day black women, Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji), and all of their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.” Rae, who will serve as co-executive producer of the series, has touched on similar themes in her Shorty Award-winning Awkward Black Girl, which debuted in 2011.
HBO gave the greenlight for an Insecure pilot back in February. Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will be the showrunner/executive producer; she’s also busy writing the pilot for a Bruno Mars-produced comedy for NBC. And with his daily responsibilities on The Nightly Show, Wilmore will serve as a consultant.
The show’s co-stars include Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, who also has a starring role in Max, the just-ordered HBO comedy pilot from Lena Dunham about second-wave feminism.