Lena Waithe is on a roll and 2018 is truly shaping up to be her year.
The showrunner recently signed a first-look deal with Showtime following the success of her hit series The Chi, which was renewed for a second season in January.
Waithe also has a number of projects in the pipeline, including a Bonnie & Clyde-esque film called Queen & Slim, which will be directed by Insecure’s Melina Matsoukas, and will see Waithe starring opposite Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya.
The showrunner will also be behind some of the most highly-anticipated shows set to hit our small screens. Here’s a quick rundown of projects Waithe has coming to TV.
She’s Teaming Up With Kid Fury For A New HBO Series
In July, it was announced that Waithe had signed on to develop a new series for HBO with Kid Fury. Waithe will executive produce the untitled series, which has been called a dark comedy that will follow a 20-something gay Black man juggling adulthood and life in New York City as he struggles with depression.
She Has A New Series With Little Marvin Headed To Amazon
Amazon picked up horror series Them from Waithe and writer/executive producer Little Marvin. Waithe will executive produce the series, which is set in 1953 and centers on a family who moves from North Carolina to Los Angeles. The family’s new home soon becomes a hotbed of evil forces, real and supernatural, that threaten to destroy them.
‘The Chi’ Is Returning To Showtime
Renewed for a second season in January, The Chi is Waithe’s Showtime hit. It’s rumored that filming is set to begin soon with Block Club Chicago reporting that the show’s convenience store has been set up on a block in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.
She’s Reliving Her 20s.
Currently in pre-production, according to IMDB, Waithe’s Twenties will focus on a queer Black woman hanging out with her two straight best friends as they all work to make their dreams come true. Waithe said in a statement that she wrote the pilot back in 2009. TBS ordered a pilot for the comedy in February.
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