BET has renewed Twenties, created by Lena Waithe (writer, Master of None; writer, Queen & Slim), for a second season, per The Hollywood Reporter. The show originally premiered on March 4, 2020 and has enjoyed strong ratings from fans and critics alike (Rotten Tomatoes).
In the 18-49 age demographic for Black people, Twenties is the top rated comedy in the US. The series centers around Hattie – played by Jonica T. Gibbs (Good Trouble, The Left Right Game) – an aspiring screenwriter who is also queer, and her two heterosexual friends Marie, played by Christina Elmore (Insecure, The Last Ship), and Nia, played by Gabrielle Graham (In the Shadow of the Moon, Possessor). The three women navigate their twenties and find themselves through their experiences with diversity and inclusion, as well as love. Below is the trailer for the first season:
Twenties has been renewed not only because of its popularity, but also because of its relevance. BET President, Scott Mills, said of the show, “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 [showrunner] Susan Fales-Hill’s remarkable vision takes us in the second season” (The Hollywood Reporter).
It is unclear when exactly the second season will premiere, but the first season will be on air again on BET starting July 6th, as a precursor to the announcement of the Emmy nominations, which will be released on July 14th. Twenties is executively produced by Waithe, Fales-Hill (A Different World), Rishi Rajani (producer, Unforgettable), Andrew Coles (producer, Queen & Slim), and Justin Tipping (director, Nani). Tipping also directed the pilot episode.
Waithe also executively produces Boomerang, another BET scripted comedy that is a continuation of the story of the 1992 American rom-com of the same name.