BET adds second Lena Waithe show to its line-up

Lena Waithe is bringing her Twenties to BET.

April has been a busy month for the Emmy-winning writer. Earlier this month, BET announced Boomerang, which Waithe is an executive producer on, will return for a second season and this week it was announced that Waithe will join the cast of Westworld’s third season. Now, the cable network wants an additional show from the Ready Player One star.

Twenties follows a queer black woman as she tries to follow her dreams with her two straight best friends.

Lena Waithe adds Twenties to ongoing projects

While a lot is happening for Waithe, Twenties has been a passion project for some time. Waithe originally wrote Twenties when she was in her early 20s.  The show has been in development since 2014 and the series is based on her web series of the same name. BET originally developed Twenties, but TBS ended up ordering the pilot last February. Now, the show is moving back to BET. (You can still see parts of the pilot presentation on YouTube.)

“BET Networks is thrilled to partner once again with the creative visionary Lena Waithe on both ‘Boomerange’ and ‘Twenties’ as she is without a doubt a leading relevant voice of our generation and a disruptor in her own right,” the head of programming for BET Networks, Connie Orlando, said. “BET is committed to the elevation of inclusive and authentic storytelling that viewers continue to expect from the brand.”

“‘Twenties has been a project I’ve been dreaming about for as long as I can remember,” Waithe added. “I think a lot of people were interested but didn’t see the vision. I’m so grateful Scott Mills and Connie Orlando did. I couldn’t be more excited to deepen my relationship with BET. I know audiences have been waiting a long time for this one.”

Waithe is in high demand. She is executive producing How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t) for Showtime as well as a horror anthology called Them for Amazon. If that weren’t enough, she’s working on an untitled project for HBO with Kid Fury.

Rosa Escandon

I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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