Thursday, October 25, 2012


(l-r) Rae and Rhimes 

According to Shadow and Act, go-to Hollywood screenwriter/producer/director, Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal) and creator/writer/director, of the hugely popular web-series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (ABG), Issa Rae, will be joining forces in the upcoming ABC half-hour comedy series, I Hate L.A. Dudes

Rae will be co-executive producing the series as well as handling the writing, while Rhimes will executive produce the series through her production company Shondaland with her producing partner Betsy Beers.
I Hate L.A. Dudes centers on an aspiring journalist, new to Los Angeles, who becomes the lone female voice on a budding, male-driven Internet talk show, while learning to decode the often humiliating and exasperating rules of the LA dating scene. 
I Hate L.A. Dudes will be Rhimes' first foray into half-hour comedy.


If you have yet to experience the complete and utter AWESOMENESS that is ABG, check out one of the funniest episodes --well at least to me it is, from the 1st season, after the break!

Rae is a graduate of Stanford University and the New York Film Academy, who used some of her own awkward personal experiences as material for the ABG web-series. 
Issa Rae was inspired to create The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl in January 2009 while working at New Federal Theatre in New York City. Experiencing difficulty in meeting people in an unfamiliar place, Issa Rae decided that it would be entertaining to depict uncomfortable scenarios one may experience when dealing with others. Neglecting the idea for 2 years, Issa Rae's interest was renewed after reading an article by Leslie Pitterson pointing out the absence of black female nerd characters on screen. She then called on friends to shoot the first episode. The series went viral through word of mouth, blog posts, social media and media coverage. In an effort to fund the rest of the season, Issa Rae and producer, Tracy Oliver decided to raise money for the series through Kickstarter. On August 11, 2011 they were awarded $56,269 from 1,960 donations. Due to the popularity of the series, Issa Rae has been interviewed by Fredricka Whitfield for CNN Newsroom, Michel Martin for Tell Me More, Associated Press and other media outlets. Wikipedia

You go girl! *...Ok that was awkward...well, actually just lame...let me try this again...*

Work boo! *bops head in reassuring gesture...yeah, that sounded much hipper!*

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