Issa Rae’s label Raedio and HBO have partnered with podcast producer Tenderfoot TV for Looking for LaToya, a one-episode scripted podcast special based on the in-universe true crime series of the same name from Rae’s HBO show Insecure.
Looking for LaToya follows the story of LaToya Thompson, portrayed SZA, a young woman whose mysterious disappearance is investigated throughout the show. Riffing on other true crime podcasts like Serial, the satirical special offers commentary on the lack of true crime shows that investigate missing black women versus their white counterparts. The podcast also features cast members Terri J. Vaughn, Ray J, Porsha Williams, Kandi Burruss-Tucker and Carl Anthony Payne II, and is directed by Amy Aniobi and penned by Insecure writers Chris Sanford and Kindsey Young.
“Partnering with Issa Rae and her incredibly talented team is an honor,” Tenderfoot TV president Donald Albright said. “Insecure is a phenomenal series that highlights the beauty and the struggle of the black experience in both a humorous and respectful way. There is always a message and a larger point behind the humor, which holds true on Looking For LaToya. I look forward to bringing a new side of Looking for LaToya to life, and sharing this episode with podcast listeners and fans of the show.”