Lena Waithe Comedy ‘Twenties’ Renewed for Season 2 at BET

Twenties (Credit: BET)

Lena Waithe’s groundbreaking comedy Twenties is getting a second season on BET.

The series follows the adventures of a queer Black girl, played by Jonica T. Gibbs, who is chasing her dreams of becoming a screenwriter in Los Angeles alongside her two best friends.

“It took a long time to get this show on the air, but it was absolutely worth the wait. I needed THIS phenomenal cast and crew to make it happen. I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with this amazing group of people and our incredible viewers” Waithe said Friday in a statement.

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The single-camera show premiered in March and ranked as the #1 new comedy series on cable for African Americans age 18-49, according to Nielsen.

“The first season of Twenties, led by the incredible Jonica T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore and Gabrielle Graham, was a joy to watch in every sense. BET has always been about empowering and elevating black stories and we’re so excited to see where Lena Waithe and Susan Fales-Hill’s remarkable vision takes us in the second season,” said BET President Scott Mills.

BET also announced Friday that it’s partnered with Showtime, and season 1 of Twenties will begin airing on the premium cable network starting July 6. Showtime will additionally help with an awards season For Your Consideration campaign for Twenties.

Created, written and executive produced by Waithe, the show is based on her early experiences in Los Angeles when she first moved there to pursue her Hollywood dreams. Susan Fales-Hill serves as showrunner.

The first season featured a star-studded lineup of guest stars, including Jenifer Lewis, rapper Sean “Big Sean” Anderson, Rick Fox, Vanessa Williams, Seth Green, Iman Shumpert, Kym Whitley, Chuey Martinez, Marsha Thomason, and Nazanin Mandi.