TBS is getting into the Lena Waithe business and has picked up her comedy TWENTIES to pilot.
Twenties is a single-camera comedy that follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, who spend most of their days talking shit and chasing their dreams. It’s described as a show about friendship, finding love, and messing everything up along the way.
“I wrote Twenties back in 2009,” Waithe said in a statement. “I always wanted to tell a story where a queer black woman was the protagonist and I’m so grateful to TBS for giving me a platform to tell this story. Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough, it’s time for us to finally take the lead.”
The show is created, written, and executive produced by Waithe through her production company Hillman Grad Productions and executive produced by Andrew Coles, her manager, for The Mission Entertainment.
Waithe has been increasingly in high demand after the breakout “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None, which made her the first black woman to win the Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy Series (along with show creator and the episode’s co-writer Aziz Ansari). She also created Showtime comedy The Chi, which was recently renewed for Season 2.
Linda Ge | TV Editor