Never mind quarterly reports. I’m happy to tell you that HBO is operating in the black.
Last month, news broke that the network bought a comedy from Issa Rae of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and the talk show “Exhale” and Larry Whitmore, a former correspondent for “The Daily Show.”
And now comes news that Tyler Perry protégée Tina Gordon Chism is also developing a comedy for HBO. Titled “Crushed,” the show “follows an African-American family who stumbles into a successful wine business in Napa,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chism most recently wrote and directed the Perry-produced romantic comedy “Peeples” and previously wrote the screenplay for “Drumline.”
I have yet to meet her, but I am a fan of her sensibility. She was a freshman English major at the University of Virginia when she wrote a spec script for “The Cosby Show” and ended up with an internship. Initially, she wanted to be an actress, but after realizing how few roles there were for black women, she set out to change that from the inside, by writing and directing.
“I remember being at an audition and seeing the men on the other side of the table auditioning me who did not look like me and it was that instant I knew I was not going to be satisfied in front of the camera and so I just started working on writing the kinds of roles I wanted to play,” she told the Washington Post last May.
If you haven’t seen “Peeples,” which stars Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson, watch it on your TV with XFINITY On Demand. It’s available now – and it’s fun. Likewise Chism’s first movie, “Drumline,” the fine 2002 coming –of-age story starring Nick Cannon that showed a side of this funnyman long before he emceeed “America’s Got Talent.”
Watch a Preview of “Peeples”