newsCO.com.au | Issa Rae Is Working On A Show About The Love Life Of A Bisexual Black Man

February 14, 2018

Brace yourself: Issa Rae has two more shows coming to HBO ― and they sound awesome. 

The co-creator, executive producer and star of “Insecure” is working on a comedy series and a drama series, Deadline reports. The single-camera comedy, titled “Him Or Her,” centers on the love life of a bisexual black man and “the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in,” per Deadline.

Rae told news she’s helping to develop the show as an executive producer, but former “Daily Show” writer Travon Free created the series, which is based on his own experiences. 

“I was immediately drawn in to the concept from his initial pitch and am SO grateful that he’s trusting us with his vision,” Rae said in an email.

The second project is titled “Sweet Life” and will be set in Los Angeles County’s Windsor Hills neighborhood, part of an area sometimes called the “black Beverly Hills.” “Sweet Life” is co-created and co-written by Rae and Raamla Mohamed, a writer on ABC’s hit show “Scandal.” (The title may come from a Frank Ocean song, “Sweet Life,” where he sings about “Ladera Heights, the black Beverly Hills.” Rae is a noted Frank Ocean fan.)

“The idea for the series initially came from a joke pitch I presented to The New Yorker. I had always wanted to create a teen movie about Windsor Hills, but never thought about doing a TV show,” Rae said. “Once my joke TV pitch kind of went viral, I was like, ‘Oh, duh. Let me just do my movie idea as a TV show.’” (More about that pitch here.) 

HBO has not set a release date for either series. If you need us, we’ll be hyperventilating under our desks until that happens.

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this article referred to Windsor Hills as “Windsor Heights.”


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