Lena Waithe Comedy About a Queer Black Woman Lands a Pilot Order at TBS

Get ready to see more work from Lena Waithe! It has been reported that TBS has ordered a pilot from the Emmy winning actress.

The single-camera comedy, titled “Twenties”, is based on Waithe’s YouTube series of the same name – as The Hollywood Reporter states. The comedy centers around a queer black girl named Hattie and her two best friends, Marie and Nina. The series, which is written and exec produced by the Master of None actress, explores friendship and finding love.

“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.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Waithe will be producing the series under her Hillman Grad Productions banner, along with her manager, Andrew Coles serving as executive producer for The Missions Entertainment.

The deal comes after Waithe’s Showtime drama, The Chi, earned an early second season renewal. However, her wins don’t end there! Last year, Waithe scored an Emmy for co-writing the Master of None “Thanksgiving” episode, which followed her characters coming out story. Her big win made history as she was the first black woman to earn an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Be sure to check out some of “Twenties” pilot presentation below!

Will you be watching?

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