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HBO picks up Issa Rae’s “Insecure” to series

The long wait for Issa Rae has been rewarded. HBO has ordered Insecure to series.

Co-created and written by Rae and Larry Wilmore, the half-hour comedy had been in the works with HBO since 2013. It’ll follow Rae and Molly (Yvonne Orji) through their friendship and lives.

“Dreams come true,” Rae said. “From words written on a page with (Larry Wilmore) to being executed by an amazing team — I am BEYOND happy and so thankful to HBO for believing in the vision.”

Rae built up a following of more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube for her webseries and eventual book this year, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

Lisa Joyce and Jay Ellis will co-star in Insecure with Rae and Orji.

Prentice Penny will showrun, with Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry also executive producing.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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