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Issa Rae's 'Insecure' Will Return for a Second Season on HBO

HBO has renewed Issa Rae’s 'Insecure' for a second season.

The sixth episode of Insecure aired last night on HBO. Fortunately, fans need no longer wonder if they’ll get to see more of Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl spin-off in the future.


HBO has just revealed its plans for a ten-episode second season of Insecure. The show’s fellow Sunday primetime newcomers, Westworld and the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring Divorce, were also picked up for second seasons.

Insecure and Divorce will return in 2017, while Westworld will come back in late 2017 or the first half of 2018, according to HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys.

The second season pickups were based on six weeks of ratings data. Insecure is averaging 3.2 million viewers per episode when reruns, VOD and streaming airings are factored in, while Westworld and Divorce are averaging 11.7 and 4.4 million viewers per episode respectively.

Of the decision to pick up Insecure for another season, Bloys also noted the show’s “huge social media response from a passionate fan base” and the “new voice” the series represents.

Insecure airs Sundays at 10:30pm EST on HBO. Find out how you can watch the entire first season for free and check out our interview with Rae’s co-star, the fast-rising Yvonne Orji.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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