Episodes: 10 (hour).
TV show dates: June 19, 2018 — August 21, 2018.
Series status: Cancelled.
Performers include: Michele Weaver, Will Catlett, Idara Victor, Tyrone Brown, Kadeem Hardison, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, and Lana Young.
TV show description:
A dramedy from showrunner Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the Love Is ___ TV show is inspired by the real lives of its executive producers. The story explores how a modern “power couple” balances their professional, personal, and family lives.
As movers and shakers in “Black Hollywood,” Nuri (Weaver) and Yasir (Catlett) must conduct quite the balancing act and have mastered some tricky social mores along the way. The series delves into the good, the bad, and even the 1990s, where it all began for them (nb. in the 2027 storyline Nuri is played by Young).
An exuberant dreamer, Nuri is toiling as a sitcom staff writer, but she aspires to really make something of herself. Her personal life has not been slow, but it hasn’t been all that fulfilling either — until she meets Yasir. Even though he’s ready to give up on all his big plans, Yasir may just be perfect for Nuri.
He’s an aspiring writer and director, and his unemployment is about to run out. He’s been staying with his ex, Ruby (Wong-Loi-Sing), but after meeting Nuri, Yasir feels the need to change his life and reach his potential.
Nuri’s co-worker, Angela (Victor), is a frustrated drama writer, stuck working on a comedy which leaves her uninspired. While she can come off as hard-edged and cold, she’s much warmer with Nuri, and they’re good friends.
Rounding out their circle are Sean (Brown), who once used Yasir as his wingman in an attempt to woo Nuri. Then there’s Norman (Hardison), the EP of Marvin, Nuri’s sitcom, who can be a harsh task-master.
Episode #10 — Love Is Engagement
An old flame wants to resurrect a romance with Nuri; Yasir finds a place to stay; Sean reveals something personal to Yasir; Nuri makes a shocking discovery about Yasir’s script.
First aired: August 21, 2018
What do you think? Do you like the Love Is ___ TV series? Should this OWN TV show have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?