Credit: courtesy Crystal Moselle and Lesley Arfin (right).
It’s about time prestige TV got its sweaty hands on skateboarding. HBO announced that Crystal Moselle is teaming up with Love‘s co-creator, Lesley Arfin, to develop a comedy series based on Moselle’s feature Skate Kitchen for the premium cable channel. The network has officially given a season order to the show—now called Betty—which will focus on a group of young women who are trying to come up in skateboarding. according to Variety. This may be the first time that a skateboarding series has aired on premium cable—it’s not TV, it’s NBD.
This isn’t HBO’s first game of SKATE: Last year, skateboarding figured prominently in the fourth season of Ballers—the show about a bearing company that must contend with the rising tariffs placed on ball bearings. Just kidding, this is the Dwayne Johnson show that featured Nyjah Huston and Zion Wright in a heavy “extreme sports media empire” subplot.
Moselle has gotten a lot of press for Skate Kitchen (and Skate Kitchen), but you might be wondering about Arfen. Interestingly, skateboarding has popped up in every one of Love‘s three seasons, including actual skateboarding. Not to mention some choice acting from Jason Dill as the character Len. (Arfin was also on the original writing staff of Girls.) Arfin is definitely a fan of skating.
More details to come.