Get excited: Two amazing content creators, Oprah Winfrey and Mara Brock Akil will finally be working together on a new show, ordered by Winfrey's OWN Network. The drama titled Love Is __, was created by Akil and her husband, Salim.
As reported by Variety, the Akils will create and executive produce the series through their company Akil Productions. Mara Brock Akil will serve as showrunner. Based on the Akils’ relationship, the series will tell the story of a power couple navigating the landscape of Black Hollywood.
Currently on the OWN network are hit shows Greenleaf and Queen Sugar, directed by Ava DuVernay. Akil having worked on successful shows like The Game, Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane, will no doubt be a great fit for OWN's roster.
“I’ve dreamed of working with the Akils,” said Oprah Winfrey told Variety. “I’ve been a huge fan of their work since first viewing Girlfriends. They know just how to hit the cultural nerve to make you think and laugh at the same time.”
“To have a partner that brings the attention to detail and sheer excellence that Oprah has built an empire on is an absolute dream come true for Salim and me,” said Mara Brock Akil. “That, and it’s Oprah! Love Is ___ is not only a passion project, but is a personal one for us as well. We’re grateful to have her wholehearted support and magic touch behind this story.”
In addition to this program, the Akils are also behind CW's Black Lightning premiering this fall.