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HBO orders Issa Rae comedy series Insecure, co-created by Larry Wilmore

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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.

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