There are so many TV shows to keep track of, but there are some shows that we always make time for: Game of Thrones, Thursday nights' Shonda TV shows (TGIT!), Power (whether we like to admit it or not), Rick and Morty etc. But as it turns out, the TV characters that we make time to watch also make time to watch their favourite TV characters.
In the world of HBO’s Insecure, Due North is the must-see TV show. Due North is a soap set in the pre–Civil War South starring Regina Hall as a slave named Ninny, and Scandal's Scott Foley as the master she’s in (obviously forbidden) love with. It’s a comical look at the power structures that were set up during slavery.
We can't tell what night it shows, but Thursday or Sunday seem the most appropriate, right? And no matter how at odds Insecure characters are, they always manage to find the time to watch it.
We've seen two episodes of Insecure, so far, and by extension, two episodes (glimpses?) of Due North; and the writers say there's more to come. Insecure writers actually wrote 13 full episodes for the show-within-a-show, so as we see Insecure progress, we'll also see Due North progress. Two shows for the price of one.
Insecure is not the only show with another show in it, earlier this year, Justin Simien's Dear White People flawlessly executed a spoof of Shondaland's Scandal which they called Defamation. Defamation came complete with the “black political fixer (Olive Bishop, lol) in love with the President” narrative, fabulous coats, and the distinctive camera-shutter sound effects, and much like real life, it was a staple of black culture at Winchester University, which found itself rocked by racial politics.
And if we're being totally honest, Due North feels like a natural addition to the Shondaland family, its writers describe it as a mix of Shonda Rhimes' Scandal and unfortunately cancelled slavery drama Underground.
Both Insecure's Due North and Dear White People's Defamation represent a focal point in those shows: they give the main characters an escape when tensions become heightened; and for us the viewers, watching our favourite characters love their favourite characters is rewarding enough.