Insecure boss explains surprise change in final season

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Insecure's fifth and final season is currently airing, and one of the show's more unique aspects has surprisingly been dropped for the final run.

The HBO comedy, which chronicles the experience of the modern African-American woman, is known for featuring a different show-within-a-show every season for main characters Issa and Molly to bond over.

In season five, we see the friends sitting down to watch something (before Molly falls asleep), but we don't actually get to see what the fictional show is. What gives?

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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It turns out that the reason for the change in format is down to, you guessed it, the pandemic.

Executive producer Prentice Penny told TV Line: "It was because of COVID. A lot of the time, with the shows within the show, we have a different crew filming it. And with COVID protocols and the money, we didn't have the resources to make it happen this time."

The writers did come up with a premise for a fictional show for the duo to watch, but Penny is keeping mum on what it could have been, saying: "I don't want to say what that show was because it will never be fully realised. But it was really good."

Star and co-creator Issa Rae recently revealed that she changed the ending of the series just weeks before it was filmed, although this was for creative reasons rather than practical ones.

Photo credit: Merie Weismiller Wallace - HBO
Photo credit: Merie Weismiller Wallace - HBO

Explaining that the original ending was too much of an "ideal version", Rae said the filmed ending is the way it is because "I just wanted to make an ending that felt more realistic and true to the characters".

Insecure airs on Sky Comedy in the UK and HBO in the US.

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