Saturday, April 10, 2021

Issa Rae Joins Dan Levy and Bette Midler in HBO Coronavirus Special ‘Coastal Elites’

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*HBO has tapped an all-star cast for its upcoming scripted comedy set during the coronavirus pandemic 

According to EW, “Coastal Elites” is a comic satire from playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick and Jay Roach. The projects boasts “an all-star cast playing characters from New York to Los Angeles coping with politics and the pandemic” and “tells stories of breaking down and breaking through in the summer of 2020 that are funny, searing, poignant and now.”

More about the storyline: “Exploring our current world of deeply divided politics and the universal pursuit of human connection, Coastal Elites features a series of confessionals from five main characters.”

The cast includes Issa Rae, Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Dan Levy.  

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While Issa Rae is set to explore the COVID -19 pandemic in her new project with HBO, she won’t be delving into that topic next season on her hit HBO series “Insecure.” 

“If we do talk about it, it will be subtly as something that happened,” she said. “I don’t ever want to say the words ‘Covid’ or ‘pandemic’ on my show.”

In a recent interview with CNN, she also dished about the impact the pandemic has had on her.

“I’ve gone through cycles. The first one was terrible,” she said. “I was like, ‘I got to write at home? I hate writing at home!’ I like to go out to coffee shops. But then when I realized that things weren’t going to change for awhile, it was like, ah, I don’t have a choice now I have to be productive.”

“Recently it’s become kind of crippling again,” she added. “I think because things are opening up and I’m watching people go out and be reckless. So, I feel a sense of anxiety.”

“Coastal Elites” will air in September on HBO.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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