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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 Thursday 10/05/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Parks and Rec co-creator: We were “$145 million in the hole” after the series ended
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Michael Schur and Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny compared notes for The Hollywood Reporter, with The Good Place creator recounting how “after Parks and Recreation ended, I got an official letter from NBC that said, ‘Here is your first profit statement as a part owner of this asset.’ It had the total number of episodes and the total cost, and we were $145 million in the hole. It was almost like, ‘Do I owe you?’” Penny’s response: “It's like when you get your taxes. This is not a bill! (Laughs.)”
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Why Insecure's season finale had an unusual structure
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We constantly like to play with the idea of how we use time in our episodes and finding new ways to tell our stories,” says showrunner Prentice Penny. “We had started to play with time in episode four, where it was all taking place in one day. And we liked the idea of what else can we do with playing with time. When we started talking about the finale and where we were going in the end, we tried to tell some of these stories linearly and they just didn’t work. I’m not sure how it came up in the room, but the idea of doing three different stories and seeing how they would later lead together made sense. I hope next season we find more ways to play with the way we tell stories in every way: time, visually, anything interesting.” PLUS: Penny addresses condom and oral sex criticism, and an appreciation of Molly’s therapist’s office.