‘Nice White Parents’: HBO Outbids The Obamas & Netflix For New Series From Issa Rae & Adam McKay

You would think that perhaps HBO would have the inside track on landing a new series produced by Issa Rae and Adam McKay, right? Well, even though HBO is the home for Rae’s “Insecure” and various McKay projects including “Succession,” the premium network still found itself in a bidding war with some serious competition for the new half-hour comedy series, “Nice White Parents.

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According to THR, HBO was up against the Obamas and Netflix in a bidding war for “Nice White Parents,” a series adaptation of the same name’s popular podcast. HBO won the rights to the show and is now developing the series with a first season order produced by Issa Rae and Adam McKay. The series is based on the podcast that explores how to build a better school system and the various obstacles that get in the way of that sort of progress. More specifically, “Nice White Parents” looks at what happens when seemingly well-intentioned white people wield their influence over a New York school system that is home to a majority of Black and brown children. 

Clearly, this is just the type of satire that is right up the alley of McKay, who has gone from making broad comedy films like “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers” and really focused on hard-hitting satires like “The Big Short” and “Vice.” And as for Rae, she’s one of the most talented comedic actors-writers-producers around, with the aforementioned “Insecure,” which is always the source of acclaim and awards buzz.

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It’s unclear when production on this series might begin, but considering HBO had to fight for this show, we can probably expect development on “Nice White People” to happen pretty quickly.  [THR]