Next to the spectacular effects of The Walking Dead
, the grand delusions of Mad Men
, and the flashy antics of both the Kardashian and Duck dynasties, one of the most notable trends in this so-called golden age of television is the sheer normalcy of it all. It probably started in earnest with The Office
, and since then, sitcoms and dramas glorifying the bland, flawed, and yet somehow still watch-able nature of everyday lives have flourished. Call it narcissism, entitlement, or just plain down-to-earth, but the reason these shows about regular folks draw such a loyal viewership is our need to see art imitate life as we know it.
It's that particular droll brand of realism that also attracts Lena Waithe. The 29-year-old writer was in Minnesota working on her current movie, Dear White People
, when we spoke with her about another one of her buzzed-about projects. Twenties
is a show Waithe has been pitching for a home on prime-time television (Watch the pilot here
). Vaguely autobiographical and aiming to resonate with millions of young, intelligent, but perhaps directionless young women, it has all the makings of a hit. So, why isn't it on TV yet? Ahead, that's what we tried to get to the bottom of.
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