OWN has announced the two leads for its upcoming series Love Is ____, which is from husband & wife duo Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

The show is from Akil Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. It is described as “a humorous drama about a modern-day power couple balancing successful careers and a beautiful family, drawing inspiration from the real-life relationship between executive producers Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil. In the world of Black Hollywood, they navigate a complex set of social codes, and this series will explore it all, from the good to the bad…to the ’90s, because that’s where this definitive love story all began.”

Michelle Weaver and Will Catlett will star.


Weaver has been cast in the female lead role of Nuri. The character description: Nuri is a bubbly personality with big dreams who is struggling to make a name for herself as a sitcom staff writer while juggling an assortment of romances that only leave her partly fulfilled. After she meets Yasir, himself unemployed and barely holding onto his dreams, Nuri changes all her opinions about what she expects from a man because she’s just found the one who is perfect for her.

Catlett has been cast in the male lead role of Yasir. The character description: Yasir is an aspiring writer/director who is down to his last two unemployment checks, and he lives (unhappily) with his on-and-off-again ex. But after meeting the stunning Nuri, Yasir finds a reason to alter his life and the drive to access his potential.

The hour-long drama was ordered for a 10-episode first season. Mara Brock Akil, who is the showrunner, wrote the pilot. Salim Akil is an executive producer alongside her.