Lena Waithe just landed a new comedy series at Showtime. How To Make Love To A Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t) will be an anthology series of multi-part, half-hour episodes dealing with the humor and harrowing nature of sexual secrets. Waithe will executive produce the show with Rich Rajani and Cathy Kisakye.
Showtime inked a first-look deal with Waithe in 2018. Showtime’s President of Entertainment Gary Levine announced last year that, “Lena is a creative force of nature and we are delighted that the force will be with us as she makes Showtime her creative home.”
The deal allows the network first dibs at her scripted work. Showtime also announced last year that The Chi, also from Waithe, was its biggest drama series launch in two years. Just last week, the show about life on the South Side of Chicago was nominated for five NAACP Image Awards—more than any other cable drama. The show’s second season premieres on April 7.
Lena Waithe on the rise at Showtime
Waithe also co-wrote and acted in Netflix’s Master of None. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on the Aziz Ansari-led show. She also has a comedy pilot in the works at TBS, called Twenties. That show revolves around a queer black woman and her two, straight female best friends, as they chase their dreams and things get messy. Waithe hit the big screen last year in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster Ready Player One.
Kisakye, who wrote on both seasons of The Chi, is writing the pilot episode of How To Make Love To A Black Woman. Waithe described Kisakye’s script as, “haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it’s the kind of script that doesn’t come around very often.” Kisakye is also writing for the upcoming season of Homecoming at Amazon.