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Issa Rae to EP ‘Nice White Parents’ for HBO, Makes ’Sesame Street’ Debut [WATCH]

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Issa Rae attends Black Girls Rock 2019 Hosted By Niecy Nash at NJPAC on August 25, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. Getty

*“Nice White Parents” is the latest podcast to get the TV treatment.

Following a bidding war with the Obamas’ production company and Netflix, HBO secured the rights to adapt the five-part New York Times and Serial Productions podcast as a half-hour comedy. Issa Rae will executive produce through her Hoorae banner.

The“Nice White Parents”podcast launched in July and, according to THR, “is described as a satirical look at the conflict and comedy that arise when highly resourced white parents, who claim to have the best intentions, wield their influence over generations of Black and brown students within the New York public school system.”

READ MORE: Kanye West Slams SNL After Issa Rae’s Diss of Him: ‘I’m Praying for Her’

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Issa Rae attends Day 2 of Complex Con at the Long Beach Convention Center on November 4, 2018 in Long Beach, California. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images North America)

Adam McKay and his Hyperobject Industries partner Todd Schulman will also exec produce.

Nice White Parents” is Rae’s latest project with HBO, where her production company is housed. In addition to “Insecure,” she also exec produces HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and is attached to star in and EP “The Dolls” based on Cabbage Patch craze in the 1980s. Watch a scene from one such riot below.

According to THR, the series “will recount the aftermath of the Christmas Eve riots within two small Arkansas towns in 1983 in which violent customer outbursts erupted over Cabbage Patch Dolls,” the outlet writes. 

In related news, Rae will make her “Sesame Street” debut on Thursday’s episode, playing a queen who can’t find enough bricks to build a play castle for her daughter.

“Sesame Street’s 51st season debuted Nov. 12 on HBO Max

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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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