"Love Is _____": Trailer Released For New Romantic Drama From Mara Brock Akil And Salim Akil At OWN

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May 15th 2018

The first full, official trailer has been released for the new OWN series, Love Is ___, which is from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the famed husband/wife duo behind shows such as The Game, Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane and Black Lightning. 

Love Is______ is set in Los Angeles during the 1990s against the backdrop of Black Hollywood. The series chronicles the lives of Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett), a couple from seemingly different worlds, as they pursue their goals. Told from the perspective of the couple's present-day selves, the one-hour romantic drama explores the social issues and vibrant black culture and how it shaped the romantic duo two decades later as they become a power couple navigating the complex set of social codes that permeate Los Angeles.

Weaver will portray Nuri, a bubbly personality with the ambition to match who is struggling to make a name for herself as a sitcom staff writer while juggling a variety of romantic relationships that leave her mildly-fulfilled. Will Catlett portrays Yasir, an aspiring writer/director entangled an a complicated relationship with his on-again/off-again ex, Ruby (Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing). A Different World alum Kadeem Hardison also stars as Norman, the executive producer of the hit sitcom Marvin (parody of the real-life sitcom Martin?) and Nuri's no-nonsense boss.

The series, inspired by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil's own romantic journey, will explore the ups and downs of falling and staying in love.

Love Is______ also stars Emmy winning actress Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Sister, Sister alum Tim Reid, Michael King, Tosin Morohunfola and Tammy Townsend.

Watch the trailer and a behind-the-scenes featurette below:


by Trey Mangum on May 15th 2018
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