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Issa Rae turns back the clock for ’90s-set HBO drama series

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While her Golden Globe-nominated dramedy is on hiatus after its second season, Insecure star and co-creator Issa Rae is working on a new project with HBO. Deadline reports that Rae will executive produce an as-yet-untitled drama set in ’90s Los Angeles. That decade’s “turbulent times” will be the backdrop for the series, which is being written by The Turner House author Angela Flournoy, a National Book Award finalist who will executive produce along with Rae.

Rae’s drama will center on a black family in LA: Sheryl, an “envelope bounds-pushing real estate agent,” Jackson, “a conflicted LAPD anti-gang task force recruit,” and their children, Ebony and Les. Given the Jackson character’s role in an “anti-gang task force” unit, it’s possible we’ll get a small-screen retelling of the Rampart scandal, which uncovered serious misconduct and corruption within that division of the LAPD. It sounds like Rae’s HBO drama will be as insightful as her comedy.


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