Showtime has announced that it has made a pilot order for How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t).
The project arrived at the network from its first-look deal with Lena Waithe, who will executive produce. The series is created by Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye, who will write the pilot.
Here’s the description: With each multi-part episode, How to Make Love to a Black Woman unfolds a new collection of characters in an authentic world, telling stories about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing – and harrowingly comic – sexual secrets.
“Working with Lena is the gift that keeps on giving,” said Showtime Networks entertainment president Gary Levine. “We signed our first-look deal with her so that she could bring authentic and talented new voices to Showtime. Cathy’s comedy is raw, relevant, surprising, sexy and fun, and we are very excited about making it.”
“Cathy’s script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable – it’s the kind of script that doesn’t come around very often,” said Waithe. “I’m honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can’t wait for the world to see it.”
Waithe is busy as ever now. She is producing multiple TV projects, including Boomerang at BET and Twenties, a comedy that’s set up at TNT. Then, of course, there is her critically-acclaimed drama The Chi, which is at Showtime. On the film side, she’s also producing and wrote Queen & Slim, the upcoming Melina Matsoukas-directed pic starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. Kisakye is a writer for Season 1 and Season 2 of The Chi, and she’s currently working on the second season of Amazon’s Homecoming.
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