For whatever their mishaps with major talents like David Fincher and, now, Martin Scorsese with the Vinyl cancellation, HBO remains a great place for young artists and undervalued talents to expand their ideas beyond their first steps on the internet or as supporting players. Mike Judge elevated his career to a whole new level with Silicon Valley, and the network is currently working on a continuation of web series sensation High Maintenance with its original creative team.
Next up is Issa Rae, the talented, intelligent woman behind Awkward Black Girl, a web series that has garnered a following similar to that of High Maintenance. Rae will debut her new series, Insecure, to HBO audiences this fall, and the network has just released the first teaser trailer for the series. From the looks of things, Rae will be incorporating the world of education and after-school programs into her comedy, as well as dating life, family, friendship, and the setting of California. The trailer does not give much away as to what exactly the focus of the series will be outside of Rae’s character, but the imagery is immediately alluring and moody, which is a good match for the buoyant yet dry comic observations that Rae doles out. And considering how well HBO has been doing with comedies lately, from Silicon Valley to Veep, I’m all in for whatever Rae is up to in this new series.
Here’s the trailer for Insecure:
Here’s how HBO describes the series:
The half-hour comedy series Insecure, starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, looks at the friendship, experiences and tribulations of two black women. Created and executive produced by Issa Rae, this eight-episode series is also executive produced by Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Beck, Jonathan Berry, and Larry Wilmore as a consultant.