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Uzo Aduba to star in HBO’s In Treatment

Award-winning Nigerian-American actress Uzo Aduba is to star in the fourth season of HBO series In Treatment.

According to the cable network, Aduba will play the observant, empathetic Dr Brooke Taylor, the therapist at the centre of the new season. Aduba’s character will come into contact with a diverse trio of patients, helping them solve a variety of modern concerns while trying to deal with complications in her own personal life.

The fourth season comes 10 years after the third season’s finale and is set in present-day Los Angeles. It also stars Anthony Ramos, Liza Colón-Zayas, John Benjamin Hickey, Quintessa Swindell and Joel Kinnaman.

Aduba took to Instagram to say: “One doctor, three patients, and a whole lot of treatment. The time is yours.”

The series will premiere on May 23 on HBO Max.

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HBO Max shelves Lupita Nyong’o series

Danai Gurira (left) and Lupita Nyong’o

US-based streaming service HBO Max has scrapped its plans for a TV adaptation of an award-winning novel from a Nigerian author.

A 10-episode limited series, Americanah was ordered by the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service last year. The project was based on Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book of the same name.

The show was set to star Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as the lead character but she withdrew because of scheduling conflicts and the production delays caused by the coronavirus-enforced shutdown, leading to the cancellation of the series.

Other stars who were lined up to be part of the cast included Nyong’o’s Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira, who wrote the pilot and was to serve as showrunner, Uzo Aduba (Mrs America) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton).

Americanah tells the epic story of Ifemelu, a young woman raised in Nigeria who falls in love with her classmate as a teenager. Living in a military-ruled country, they both depart for the US, with Ifemelu forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black.

The novel has won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2013.

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