Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji have signed up to join Issa Rae in her HBO comedy pilot "Insecure."
The series, which was officially given a pilot order earlier this year, likely won’t be coming to a TV screen near you until late 2016, or even early 2017. So, sadly, if you were expecting something next TV season (2015/2016) – although you really shouldn’t have been, if you’ve been reading this blog – you’ll have to update your calendar to reflect today’s news.
Of course, the pilot, once complete, still has to be ordered to series. So, assuming HBO loves the pilot and wants a full series (cross your fingers), don’t expect to see anything until, at the earliest, the 2016/2017 TV season. HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo has said that he’s "very hopeful" that the pilot will be good.
Ellis has been cast as "Lawrence," who will be Issa Rae’s character’s (also named Issa) depressed and unemployed boyfriend, struggling to get his act together; and Yvonne Orji will play "Molly," best friend to Issa’s character, a successful career woman who isn’t as successful in her love life.
The series is created by Rae and funnyman (and now late night host) Larry Wilmore, and will focus on "the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman."
To be produced by 3 Arts, the firm managing both Wilmore and Rae, the project attracted the talents of music video director, Melina Matsoukas, who will helm the pilot, making her TV directing debut.
Also, Prentice Penny ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") has been tapped to executive produce and act as showrunner of "Insecure."