12:15pm PT by Rick Porter
'Insecure' Renewed for Season 5 on HBO
HBO has secured the future of Insecure.
The premium cable outlet has renewed the comedy series, starring and co-created by Issa Rae, for a fifth season. The pickup comes after three episodes of the show's fourth season, which premiered April 12.
"We’re thrilled that Issa, Prentice [Penny], and the whole Insecure team will be getting back together for a fifth season,” HBO Programming executive vp Amy Gravitt said Friday in a statement. “As we laugh and cringe with recognition, their stories make us all feel a little less alone in the world."
The renewal further cements ties between Rae and HBO. In addition to Insecure, Rae is an executive producer of A Black Lady Sketch Show, which has been renewed for a second season, and is developing a half-hour series about pro wrestling for HBO called Tre Cnt with Dwayne Johnson. She's also set to star in and exec produce (alongside Laura Dern) The Dolls, a limited series about riots over Cabbage Patch dolls in the early 1980s.
Insecure also stars Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Alexander Hodge. Rae co-created the series with Larry Wilmore; she executive produces with Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Amy Aniobi and Jim Kleverweis.
Through its first three episodes, Insecure is averaging a little under 500,000 viewers for first airings on. The show, like most of HBO's offerings, gets the majority of its audience via delayed viewing and HBO's streaming platforms.
Insecure is part of a roster of comedies on HBO that also includes Run, High Maintenance, Barry, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Avenue 5, The Righteous Gemstones, A Black Lady Sketch Show and newcomer Betty, which debuts Friday.