BuzzFeed News is looking to capitalize on the success of HBO’s “Insecure” with a new after-show based on the series.
Like the hit show that inspired it, “Hella Opinions” will be unapologetically black and culturally aware, and will feature conversations with some of the most influential voices on Black Twitter as they sip a glass of wine,whiskey or cognac – depending on the craziness of each episode — and dive into the week’s hot-button issues, BuzzFeed News’ Senior Editor Kovie Biakolo wrote in an internal note to staff.
Leading those discussions will be BuzzFeed News entertainment reporter Sylvia Obell, who will host the series.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to bring the Twitter debates that originate from ‘Insecure’ to life. This show perfectly captures what it’s like to be a black millennial dating right now and gives us the opportunity to see ourselves in a way we haven’t on screen in so long,” Sylvia told VideoInk. “My hope is that our after show will also give the show’s fans a place to see their thoughts and feelings represented and to further the conversations we see happening on Twitter.”
To help get the new series off the ground, BuzzFeed has brought on Sean Mesidor as the show’s senior producer and showrunner who joins the company from People Magazine. Before that, Mesidor was a writer and producer at Essence and Sports Illustrated.
While Twitter is not affiliated with the series, BuzzFeed has decided to stream the show exclusively on the platform. The company explained that their decision was based on the high levels of engagement “Insecure” was experiencing on the conversation-driven platform.
The show will stream on the BuzzFeed News Twitter account Monday nights at 9pm ET, following Sunday’s episode of “Insecure.” The first episode will debut on Monday, August 13th and will feature Scottie Beam and Cory Townes. Other guests joining the show include Gia Peppers, Mouse Jones, Cori Murray, Danielle Young, Michael Arceneux, and Jozen Cummings.
“Insecure,” which first launched on HBO in 2016, follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman. The show is on its third season, which is set to debut Sunday, August 12.