According to The Hollywood Reporter, BET has given a series order to Lena Waithe comedy Twenties, which was ordered to pilot by TBS in February 2018 before casting its leads in September.
“BET Networks is thrilled to partner once again with the creative visionary Lena Waithe on both Boomerang and Twenties as she is without a doubt a leading relevant voice of our generation and a disruptor in her own right,” said Connie Orlando, head of programming at BET Networks. “BET is committed to the elevation of inclusive and authentic storytelling that viewers continue to expect from the brand.”
Based on Waithe’s YouTube series of the same name, Twenties follows Hattie (Jonica J. Gibbs), a queer black girl with straight best friends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham), all of whom spend most of their days talking ish and chasing their dreams.
It joins a scripted slate for BET that includes recently renewed American Soul and Boomerang, as well as anthology Tales, legal drama In Contempt, and crime drama The Family Business. The network will be saying goodbye to former cornerstone Being Mary Jane tomorrow when it airs the show’s long-delayed series finale movie, while the likes of First Wives Club, sports soap Games People Play, and Will Packer comedy Peachtree Place are among the shows still to debut.
This will be Waithe’s third series on air, following Showtime’s well-received The Chi and Boomerang.