HBO is up to something big and we're all about it — the network has ordered pilots from feminists who are producing feminist shows. Yes, our wildest dreams are coming true and we can't wait to add these to our TV lineup! We are thrilled for more female representation in the television industry and are amped that the storylines are developed by women, too. The female-centric comedies will finally have story-lines we're hoping to relate to — and we're cossing our fingers to see some leading Latinas and more women of color represented, as well. We can't wait to see this become more commonplace, but for now we'll take what we can get and hope that these shows will break through the barriers. The women making it happen are: Jenni Konner, Issa Rae, Sarah Silvernan, and Whitney Cummings. While you may, or may not, know them, we've got you covered on who they are, what they've done, and a little bit about the shows to come.
Jenni Konner is most known for being the executive producer behind the show Girls — you know, that show that everyone talks about? A group of 20-somethings going through New York's struggles. It's so good that Konner won a Writers Guild of America Award and a British Academy Television International Award for it. While she gets to spend lots of time with Lena Dunham on set, it's not enough — she is also the co-creator of Lenny Letter with Dunham — the weekly newsletter hitting your inboxes with that feminist edge. So it makes complete sense that she will continue her empowering female duties with Dunham for the show Max which is meant to focus on the the beginning of second-wave feminism. This show will be set in the 1960s and will track a woman trying to rise in the magazine world — word on the street is that Lisa Joyce will be the lead of this epic show we can't wait to watch!
Issa Rae is not only a writer, but an actress as well. Her big break naturally came with her popular YouTube comedy series, Awkward Black Girl. "I felt like my voice was missing, and the voices of other people that I really respect and admire and wanna see in the mainstream are missing. Plus, it’s fun!," Rae told Huffington Post when asked why she does her type of work. The budding visionary made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Entertainment list, and Awkward Black Girl won a Shorty Award in 2012. With over 20 million views on her web-series alone, HBO picked up the pilot to her show Insecure, which will expand on life's stresses and awkward moments of a modern-day African-American woman. We're definitely interested to see the themes that come up during this show and we have a feeling it'll hit on some hot topics.
Sarah Silverman is the comedian without a filter — as most comedians are — and you've got to admire that! Her stand-up is well-known for covering the topics people are too scared to tackle: racism, sexism, and religion. Comedy isn't her only talent, she also wears different hats as a writer, producer, actress, and singer. She started her writing for Saturday Night Live in the 90s and broke into the big screen with movies like, Bulworth and There's Something About Mary. Her work has been recognized with five Emmy wins and even a Grammy nomination. Her HBO pilot doesn't have a name yet but the concept is very Silverman-esque — a "too honest" woman going through a mid-life crisis. We can't wait to relate because everything feels like a mid-life crisis sometimes.
Whitney Cummings is the comedian, actress and co-creator of the sitcom, 2 Broke Girls. In the early 00s, Cummings worked on Punk'd on MTV — yes, that show with Ashton Kutcher. Looks like she was ready to have fun on her own when she created, executive produced and starred in her own show, Whitney, in 2011. Even though her show was cancelled in 2013, that didn't stop her from creating a pilot that HBO ended up picking up as well. Though her show remains nameless at this time, it is inspired by Maureen Dowd's book, Are Men Necessary?. Its aim is to really shed light on relationships — in comedic form, of course — from a human nature and social construction point of view. Intrigued and excited doesn't even begin to cover our feelings!