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Originally published October 05, 2012

"Awkward Black Girl” Internet Series Creator to Produce ABC Comedy

by Gregory Dale
AFRO News Editor

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    Producer, director and writer Issa Rae, creator of the YouTube series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," poses for a photo at her home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Issa Rae, the actress and writer behind the popular Internet series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" (ABG) may soon make her debut on the silver screen.

According to, producer Shonda Rhimes has tapped Rae to produce a series for ABC called “I Hate LA Dudes.” Rhimes, the creator of the popular ABC shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” and “Scandal,” will reportedly house the new project under her Shondaland production company.

“I Hate LA Dudes” will follow the romantic ups and downs of an aspiring journalist-turned Internet talk show host. The series is one of two comedies that Shondaland has recently acquired.

While Rae fans took to Twitter to congratulate her on the accomplishment, she explained to ABC News Radio that the show's launch is not a guarantee.

“They basically hired me to write a pilot. If the pilot gets accepted then we shoot the pilot sometime in January then, then if it goes well it'll get picked up to a there's just all these steps and I've completed step two of many,” Rae said.

She added that even though her latest work may end up on the small screen, she hasn't forgotten about her flagship series, “Awkward Black Girl.”

In addition to dropping a “mixtape” in conjunction with the series, she explained that she would love to see the show wind up on film or on cable.

“I feel like [with] the networks, there are constraints,” she said. “There’s just things you can’t say or talk about and I know ‘ABG’ would not be the same show on network television.”