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Lena Waithe Brings Her Personal Experience to the Screen in BET's Twenties

ALSO: Party of Five, Survivor, Dave, Volcano Live!, The Masked Singer, Black Panther, and more.
  • Jonica T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore, and Gabrielle Graham in Twenties. (BET)
    Jonica T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore, and Gabrielle Graham in Twenties. (BET)

    One of the singular voices of the Peak TV era, Lena Waithe first burst into the national consciousness for writing and starring in the Thanksgiving episode of Master of None's second season. The creator of Showtime's The Chi once again brings a heartfelt sense of personal experience to her work as the creator and executive producer of BET's Twenties, a semi-autobiographical series about a queer African American woman making her way in the entertainment business. Also today: Freeform's rebooted Party of Five ends its first season on a cliffhanger, Lil Dicky stars in Dave, Nik Wallenda attempts another blood-pressure-boosting stunt, and Black Panther moves Disney+. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Wednesday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: Lena Waithe's new series Twenties follows Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs), a queer young writer making her way in Hollywood with the support of her two straight friends (Christina Elmore and Gabrielle Graham). Watch the preview. Two back-to-back episodes air beginning at 10:00 PM ET on BET

    SEASON FINALE: Co-creator Amy Lippman says she never thought she'd do a cliffhanger, but Freeform's Party of Five reboot has pushed the envelope in all the right ways in its first season, and it isn't stopping tonight as Val (Elle Paris Legaspi) makes a decision that affects everyone. Watch the preview. 8:30 PM ET on Freeform

    NEW EPISODE: As Primetimer's Joe Reid writes today, the last few weeks have seen this season's all-winners Survivor once again become the Boston Rob show. In tonight's new episode, the Edge of Extinction offers the castaways a unique opportunity. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    SERIES PREMIERE: Rapper and comedian Dave Burd, otherwise known as Lil Dicky, stars in the autobiographical series Dave, in which he plays a twenty-something rapper who is certain he will become one of the greatest performers of all time. Watch the preview. 10:00 PM ET on FXX

    LIVE EVENT: Just eight months after walking across Times Square with his sister Lijana, Nik Wallenda is back in Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda, in which the famed daredevil will attempt his most dangerous walk yet. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    NEW EPISODE: Returning champion T-Pain swings by The Masked Singer as Banana, Frog, Kitty and Taco face-off to see which who advance to the Super Nine. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on Fox

    DISNEY+ PREMIERE: Netflix's loss is Disney+'s gain, as the blockbuster 2018 Marvel flick Black Panther hops services to finally join the streamer's lineup of Disney-owned films. Watch the preview. Streaming on Disney+

    ALSO TODAY:

    • Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) gets some supernatural assistance in her quest to clear her father's name. 9:00 PM ET on The CW
    • Tournament of Champions welcomes 16 world class chefs to a culinary competition for the ages. Guy Fieri hosts. 10:00 PM ET on Food Network
    • Real Housewives of New Jersey gathers the ladies together for part one of this season's three-part reunion special. 8:00 PM ET on Bravo

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: Twenties, BET, Lena Waithe