Trailer for Lena Waithe’s New Queer BET Show “Twenties” Makes It Look Like a Movie!

Twenties BET 2020 trailer

Twenties (Image: Screengrab)

I don’t know who cut the trailer or if the actual TV show really is going to be this good, but in my opinion, the promotional trailer for Twenties made it look like a comedy film I would watch.

Twenties is a new comedy from Lena Waithe. From what I could gather, it began as a webseries and it took Waithe nearly a decade to turn it into a TV show. The upcoming series will debut on BET sometime early in 2020.

The first season will have eight episodes with the lead being named Hattie. She’s an aspiring TV writer. Hattie’s two friends are Marie (a film executive) and Nia (a yoga instructor). The narrative will showcase the three women trying to navigate the ups and downs of professional and personal life during their 20s.

Newcomer Jonica “JoJo” T. Gibbs plays Hattie. You should know that the character is BET’s first queer female lead. I mean, I’m not saying her trajectory is going to be similar to Waithe’s, but once you have watched the trailer, I won’t fault you for thinking that maybe Twenties is going to be semi-autobiographical.

The cast includes Christina Elmore as Marie and Gabrielle Graham as Nia. Rapper Big Sean will be making his TV debut as Nia’s prospective love interest named Tristan. Sophina Brown has a recurring role as Hattie’s boss, Ida B.

Jenifer Lewis, Rick Fox, the always amazing Vanessa Williams, and Seth Green are credited as guest stars.

I enjoyed watching the trailer a lot. It reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada, in a sense, but set in the TV writing world.

There’s just something about how everything has been showcased that I would have bought it if the trailer told me Twenties was a film coming out in 2020.

Speaking of films, Waithe’s Queen and Slim had an impressive box office opening. I have yet to watch it, but I’ve heard good things.

I’m already a fan of Waithe’s Boomerang TV series on BET. Of course, I’ll be checking out Twenties, too. Regardless of how the narrative progresses, at least, we can all look forward to some well-written queer representation featuring people of color.

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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