HBO Delays Fourth Season Of ‘Insecure’ As Issa Rae Too Busy To Write New Season

HBO has confirmed that a slate of its hit programs won’t return until 2020.

This includes “Westworld,” which will return for a third season next year as well as the fourth season of “Insecure” and season 10 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Since the success of “Insecure,” series creator Issa Rae has been hella busy. So fans of the hit drama will have to wait a little while longer as she secures the bags via her other projects.

HBO’s programming chief Casey Bloys explained in a new interview with Vulture why the premium cabler is pushing “Insecure” until 2020.

“Well, Issa became a big movie star! We’re not the first place to deal with this, but when you’re in business with very creative and talented people, there’s a lot more opportunities for people to do things,” he said. “Issa, I think, partly wanted a break to come back to it fresh. And I will say, it wasn’t exactly random that we ended up [scheduling the show] in the spring, right before Emmys, so that the show should get the Emmy love that it has deserved.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Guardian, Rae, who currently stars in the Will-Packer produced comedy “Little,” also told the publication that she hasn’t even started writing the fourth season of her Emmy-nominated series.

“I haven’t even started writing four,” she confesses. “But we needed a break, after going back-to-back for three years. Making that show means nine months out of the year, you can’t do anything else, and nobody wants to feel like a hamster on a wheel. That’s not conducive to creativity at all,” she says. “So much of that show is about our own experiences, so we need to be able to live life.”

In related news, Issa’s “Insecure” co-stars Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis were the first to confirm her engagement to longtime boyfriend Louis Diame. As we previously reported, the duo spilled the tea while on the red carpet at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards.

“We’re very excited for her,” Orji revealed to Entertainment Tonight. “We all found out in different ways because we’re all on different text chains,” Ellis added. “We talk at different times, so we all found out at different times in different ways.”

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Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Won’t Be Back for Season Four Until 2020

‘Insecure’ is taking a brief hiatus.

In an interview with Vulture’s Josef Adalian, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed that Insecure won’t be back for its fourth season until 2020 — because Issa Rae is booked and busy.

via Vulture:

“Well, Issa became a big movie star!” Bloys said of the actress, who’s currently starring in Little alongside Regina Hall and Marsai Martin. “We’re not the first place to deal with this, but when you’re in business with very creative and talented people, there’s a lot more opportunities for people to do things. Issa, I think, partly wanted a break to come back to it fresh.”

The network isn’t burning off Insecure, to be clear: It’s betting it’ll be just as strong, and potentially awards-worthy, when it returns to TV. “It wasn’t exactly random that we ended up [scheduling the show] in the spring, right before Emmys,” Bloys promised, “so that the show should get the Emmy love that it has deserved.”

Bummer.

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‘Little’ Tickets Now On Sale, Plus: Watch Our Interview with Issa Rae, Marsai Martin and Regina Hall

'Little' Tickets Now On Sale, Plus: Watch Our Interview with Issa Rae, Marsai Martin and Regina Hall

What happens when a bossy take-no-prisoners mogul is magically transformed into her 13-year-old self? That's the premise for Little (in theaters April 12 — tickets now on sale here at Fandango), a new comedy starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall that is also executive produced by Martin, who at 14 is now the youngest executive producer ever in Hollywood.

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Is This Issa Rae’s Fiancé?

 

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As invested as we are in Issa’s character on “Insecure,” we have to remind ourselves that one she’s not her character and two, we don’t know her. While she’s writing about relationships for HBO and for the culture, she keeps her personal life under wraps. And that’s admirable. Knowing people, folks would attribute her storylines to her real-life relationships. She was smart to keep her business to herself.

But when she popped up with an engagement ring on the cover of her ESSENCE shoot, folks were left scrambling trying to figure out how they missed an entire relationship.

But for those of us who have been paying attention, there have been a few breadcrumbs along the way. In her 2015 memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae thanked a man named Louis in the acknowledgement section.

“Louis, I love you so much. Thank you for bearing with me during the stress and pushing me during my bouts of insecure laziness. Having you in my corner makes me a happier, better person.”

Louis could be a good friend but that sounds like a love note if I’ve ever heard one.

Then, in the fall of last year, Issa sat down with an astrologer, tarot card reader, psychic and energy reader to help give her some insight into her future. One of the first questions she asked was if there were children in her future. When the various women told her that she had to be strong and definitive in her decision either way, Issa said that she would not have children without having a partner as a support system.

She also asked if she would find the right person. The astrologer told her that she was about to have Jupiter go through her house of marriage and partnership. When the astrologer asked if she had anyone currently, Issa shrugged and said, ‘Oh, you know.” Before laughing.

Nuff said. If it’s not a no, it’s a yes.

The energy reader told her that because of her career she’s jumping and moving around a lot. But she told her that there is someone who can handle that.

Issa asked, “Is that person around right now?”

The energy reader said, not physically but energetically.

Then she pops up with a ring.

But she didn’t really. She has appeared on carpets with this Louis man. Check out the pictures of him on the following pages and see what people have to say about Issa’s “reveal.”

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Issa Rae Lands Lead In ‘Lovebirds’

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Issa Rae has teamed with Kumail Nanjiani to star in “The Lovebirds,” a romantic comedy from Paramount that will be helmed by Michael Showalter, who directed Nanjiani in the surprise hit “The Big Sick.”

According to THR, the script centers on a couple (Nanjiani and Rae) on the brink of a breakup. The pair subsequently become embroiled in a bizarre and hijinks-filled murder mystery, and as they get close to clearing their names and solving the case, the twosome need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

The project goes into production at the end of January.

Nanjiani is best known for the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley.” “The Big Sick” also earned him and his co-writer wife Emily V. Gordon an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. He will next be seen in Fox’s action-comedy “Stuber,” set to open July 12.

Rae is the star and co-creator of the HBO comedy “Insecure.” She next features in the comedy “Little” from Universal set to bow April 12.

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Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, to Star in Romantic Comedy ‘The Lovebirds’

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are coming together to star in The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy.

via THR:

Michael Showalter, who directed Nanjiani in the surprise hit The Big Sick, is reteaming with the actor and will be sitting in the helmer’s seat when the fast-tracked project goes into production at the end of January.

Written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall as well as Martin Gero, the script centers on a couple (Nanjiani and Rae) on the brink of a breakup. The pair subsequently become embroiled in a bizarre and hijinks-filled murder mystery, and as they get close to clearing their names and solving the case, the twosome need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Tom Lassally, Oly Obst, Todd Shulman, Jordana Mollick and Gero are producing the rom-com, which is being co-produced and co-financed by MRC. (MRC is owned by Valence Media, which is the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.)

Nanjiani, Rae and Showalter are serving as executive producers.

Nanjiani, one of the stars of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, broke out in a big way with The Big Sick, which earned him and his co-writer wife Emily V. Gordon an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay as it became a sleeper hit in the summer of 2017. He will next be seen starring opposite Dave Bautista in Fox’s action-comedy Stuber, which is set to open July 12.

Rae is the co-creator of the HBO comedy Insecure, in which she is a triple-threat as writer, executive producer and actress. Rae, who was recently seen in the drama The Hate U Give, next stars in Little, a body-morphing comedy from Universal set to bow April 12.

This looks like it’ll be super cute! Shoutout to diversity!

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