HBO Max recently announced that it has ordered Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Issa Rae’s Sweet Life: Los Angeles, an unscripted series that’s expected to premiere this summer.
The synopsis is: “Sweet Life: Los Angeles gives an honest and unique look into what it means to be young, Black, and in constant pursuit of one's dreams in the heart of South Los Angeles. The series follows a group of young, strong-willed, ambitious Black friends showcasing their relatable, authentic, and sometimes stumbling mid-20s moments as they embrace the joy and struggles of love and family, while building their careers as tastemakers and influencers in the city where they grew up.”
"We're so proud to present a grounded and fun slice of young Black LA life,” said Rae in a release. “We hope the HBO Max audience will relate to and fall in love with this group of friends as much as we have.”
Sweet Life: Los Angeles sounds like it might reveal why so many Black people are moving to LA lately, because the area doesn’t seem like it’s beneficial to the Black psyche. (Of course, I’m judging as an outsider.) Considering that Insecure and A Black Lady Sketch Show are highly entertaining, Sweet Life has a lot of promise, though.
“We are thrilled to partner with Issa Rae on this fun, dynamic series about a real group of friends and their unique, yet intertwined experiences in South Los Angeles, which has a one-of-a-kind culture that deserves a spotlight all its own,” said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family, HBO Max, in a release.
Rae’s production company Hoorae produced Sweet Life: Los Angeles along with Main Event Media and Morning Dew Pictures. Rae, Montrel McKay, Jimmy Fox, Sheri Maroufkhani, Leola Westbrook, and Sun de Graaf serve as executive producers. Rajah Ahmed and Pyongson “Sunny” Yim serve as co-executive producers. Sara Rastogi and Ashley Calloway serve as producers.
It’s easy to speculate that if Sweet Life: Los Angeles does well, we should expect the series to have franchises based in other cities with a unique Black culture. Why else would Los Angeles be specified in the title if there might not be other shows?