Now that the delayed Westworld is finally open for business, HBO is shifting its premiere spotlight from drama to comedy with the October 9 debuts of Divorce and Insecure – to mixed results.

The Awkward Black Girl star Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore co-created lnsecure is definitely the one to watch. Co-starring Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis, Insecure is, as I say in my video review above, fresh, fierce and fun. With Rae and the rest of the cast pivoting from comedy to drama and back again seemingly in seconds, sometimes Insecure’s narrative of searching for new love, new hope and new ways to commit old mistakes is also a fascinating and sharp focus on the lives of contemporary African American women – a sharp spotlight rarely seen on the small screen, or any screen for that matter, in such full range.

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As for the Sharon Horgan created and Sarah Jessica Parker starring Divorce …well, it’s certainly not the brilliant UK-based Catastrophe, which Horgan co-created and co-stars in, let’s make clear. In fact, Divorce the series is not much of anything besides tepid. Maybe the problem is the stultifying upper middle class America setting and a loss in translation of sorts. Maybe it simply is that this Thomas Haden Church-co-starring long dismantling of a relationship of people you find it hard to care about is old hat from the very beginning with the peaks and troughs of its betrayals.

Put it this way, whether you’ve been though a divorce or not, you’ll undoubtedly recognize the characters of Divorce. Yet, despite all the anticipation over the return of SJP to the premium cabler over a decade after Sex and the City called it quits, I doubt you’ll want to spend much time with them.

Insecure, on the other hand, you can spend time with right now if you want to see more of what I’m talking about in this often-profaned L.A.-set series. Almost two-weeks before its linear debut, HBO put the ‘Insecure as F**k‘ pilot up on HBO GO, HBO NOW and On Demand, so check it out right now.

Also, check out my video review of Divorce and Insecure above for more on the new HBO comedies – and tell us what you think.