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Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:36AM EDT
Issa Rae was stunned to learn 62% of Insecure's viewers are white: "Even white people are tired of seeing white-people shows"
“That threw me all the way the f*ck off,” Rae said at a Q&A this week. “Which is great. It makes me want to go back in time and find that person (who said), ‘No one’s interested in watching these’” shows about people of color. She added: "Even white people are tired of seeing white-people shows...turning on the TV and going, ‘Aargh, I know this story already.’ It’s overdue.”
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Insecure's "Asian Bae" hopes his role is groundbreaking for Asian guys
Alexander Hodge says of his love interest role on the HBO series: "I think it’s so important to see a confident, outspoken, man bun-sporting Asian man on screen saying, ‘I want what I want.’ We haven’t had that before."
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Insecure's new costume designer was inspired by black TV's early 1990s golden era in pushing the characters to take a fashion stance
Source: The New York Times
Shiona Turini joined the HBO series midway through Season 3, succeeding original costume designer Ayanna James. Turini's influence can be seen in the T-shirts bearing pointed political messages. Turini looked to black shows from the 1990s, from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Martin and Living Single, for inspiration. “It meant looking at the shows that were happening or coming up and trying to make sure to weave that in — to make it relevant stylistically and culturally,” she says. ALSO: Insecure's Season 3 finale unpacked three seasons' worth of BS in one episode.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:29AM EDT
In Season 3, Insecure undercut its own potential with an aversion to take risks
"Insecure is often spoken about ... as the journey of two good friends entering their 30s and navigating the various romantic and professional obstacles that appear along the way," says Angelica Jade Bastién. But she says Sunday's Season 3 finale, titled “Ghost-Like," "makes it evident this series is about Issa’s romantic journey, particularly with Lawrence. By making the thrust of this most recent season Issa’s dynamic with Daniel, Nathan, and then Lawrence (who made a surprising return in episode five), the show undercuts its own potential with an aversion to taking risks. What makes this season so frustrating is how close Insecure is to being a great series charting the internal lives of these black women with joy, a bit of pathos, and some much-needed emotional honesty. All this isn’t to say Insecure has become a bad show. Far from it." The season finale, she adds, "has a number of pleasures as it tracks Issa on her 30th birthday ... But these joys are dimmed by emotional dishonesty and an adherence to twists meant to set Twitter aflame."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Why Insecure made the wrong decision on this week's episode
As Angelica Jade Bastién points out, Issa Rae's HBO comedy "treats Issa’s relationships with men as having far more narrative importance than her friendships, which exist in a strange liminal state. They’re marketed as important, but as the show has grown, they don’t actually take up much residence in Issa’s emotional life. In particular, Issa’s friendships with Kelli and Tiffany — both characters who deserve more development — come across like the kind of friendships you develop in college and only maintain out of habit." ALSO: Jay Ellis responds to the #LawrenceHive petition to bring Lawrence back.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
HBO renews Insecure and Ballers
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The hit HBO comedies, currently airing back-to-back on Sunday nights, have each been renewed less than one month after their season premieres. Issa Rae's Insecure will be back for a fourth season, while Dwayne Johnson's Ballers will return for Season 5. “#InsecureHBO has been renewed for Season 4,” tweeted Rae. “Thank you to everyone who has been watching and supporting!” Rae will compete later this month for her first Emmy, in the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series category.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Insecure tackles the lack of black sitcom reboots
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Season 3's "show within a show" spoof, Kev'yn, was inspired by Roseanne and the flurry of 1990s sitcom reboots, but also as a tribute to the black sitcoms of the same era like Martin, Living Single and A Different World. "Since nobody wants to reboot a black show, we’re going to reboot our show," said showrunner Prentice Penny. So he enlisted Living Single's Kim Fields to direct the fake comedy Kev'yn, starring A Different World's Darryl M. Bell, Living Single's Erika Alexander and former MTV VJ Bill Bellamy. “It was like, ‘Where is our representation?'” says Penny. “They’re rebooting Will & Grace, Full House, Roseanne obviously. We’re like, ‘They can’t reboot Living Single, Martin, A Different World?’ So many of these black shows made these networks what they are today, but when it comes to our value and people wanting to see us, why aren’t we doing Living Single?” Issa Rae called Kev'yn "a 90s dream come true."
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Issa Rae to Insecure's "#LawrenceHive": "Shut the f*ck up"
Rae has a message for fans of Jay Ellis: "Look, Lawrence Hive, if you keep in touch with your exes every single day then by all means continue to protest. But if you're the type to cut exes off and move on, then shut the f*ck up." Meanwhile, showrunner Prentice Penny explains how the writers' room decided to dump Lawrence from Season 3: "For us in the room, it was hard to force him into a story. Once we said, 'Maybe he’s not in the season,' it kind of became, 'Whoa, wow, what does that mean then?' Once that domino dropped, it just opened us up in so many other ways of how we tell stories."
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Issa Rae's Insecure shows even more assuredness in Season 3
"This is what Insecure does so well: It takes the small moments of real life and magnifies them to get at the broader themes the show wants to address," says Jen Chaney. "One of the show’s most consistent themes — and one that’s emphasized heavily in the first half of this new season — is the struggle to find a place where one can feel comfortable and be her best self, something that’s particularly challenging when you’re an African-American woman like Issa or her best friend, the perpetually, gloriously overconfident Molly (Yvonne Orji). The show is called Insecure for a reason, and that comes across loud and clear in the first four episodes, the first of which airs Sunday night."
- Why Insecure doesn't need Jay Ellis' Lawrence anymore, even though he was the most interesting character
- Insecure is more subdued than usual — even somber — in the first few episodes of the season
- Rae makes the most of small moments in the quiet Season 3
- Rae wants to clarify that Season 3 is much more than tackling toxic masculinity
- Rae wanted Season 3 to feel fresh, new and current, so she held a contest to find unheard artists
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Issa Rae was stunned by Insecure fans' "Where's Lawrence" petition appearing in her Facebook feed
The #WheresLawrence petition to bring Jay Ellis' character back for Season 3 of her HBO series appeared as a sponsored post, prompting Rae to tweet: "Wow. A sponsored post, though? Like... money was spent?"
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Inside HBO's first-ever Insecure Fest
HBO recently turned a Los Angeles soccer stadium into a carnival-themed event celebrating Issa Rae's hit series.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 4:11PM EDT
Issa Rae confirms Insecure is taking a break from Jay Ellis' Lawrence in Season 3
“You never see the exes again," says Rae. "And it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.” ALSO: Insecure will have a new "timely" show within the show.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Issa is still living with her ex in Insecure's new Season 3 trailer
Issa Rae's HBO comedy returns Aug. 12 with her character still without her own apartment.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:48AM EDT
Jay Ellis slams Twitter user for saying Insecure disses black men
A Twitter user accused Issa Rae and her staff of promoting "some sort of f*ckery about black men." To which Ellis responded: "As a black man who was a part of the first two seasons of @IssaRae and the very diverse writing staff of 'Insecure’s' work, I’d have to say STFU! ...btw pick your pants up, your toxicity is showing."