TBS Greenlights Lena Waithe’s Comedy Series With Queer Black Woman Protagonist

By Sameer Rao Feb 15, 2018

"The Chi" creator Lena Waithe brings her Emmy Award-winning comedy chops to comedy series "Twenties."

TV Line reported yesterday (February 14) that TBS ordered a pilot episode of the show, which will be written and executive produced by Waithe. The multihyphenate artist told TV Line that the series will follow a “queer Black girl" named Hattie and her best friends, two heterosexual women named Marie and Nia. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Waithe adapted the series from her YouTube project of the same name, which she previously developed with executive producer Queen Latifah ("Girls Trip") and director Justin Simien ("Dear White People"). THR added that BET originally ordered a pilot in 2014, but did not turn it into a series. 

“I wrote ‘Twenties’ back in 2009,” Waithe told TV Line. “I always wanted to tell a story where a queer Black woman was the protagonist, and I’m so grateful to TBS for giving me a platform to tell this story. Queer Black characters have been the sidekick for long enough, it’s time for us to finally take the lead.”

Waithe’s earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017. The award was for her work on a "Master of None" episode that drew from her own experience of coming out as a lesbian to her family. Waithe is the first Black woman to ever win a comedy writing Emmy.