OWN has found its leads for the upcoming drama series Love Is___. Michele Weaver and Will Catlett will star in the series from creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband, writer-director Salim Akil. The hourlong dramedy is set to debut in 2018.

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Drawing inspiration from the Akils’ real-life relationship, the project tells the love story between a modern-day power couple. In the world of Black Hollywood, they navigate a complex set of social codes, and this series will explore it all, from the good to the bad and to the ‘90s when the love story began.

Weaver will play Nuri, a bubbly personality with big dreams who is struggling to make a name for herself as a sitcom staff writer while juggling an assortment of romances that only leave her partly fulfilled. After she meets Yasir (Catlett), himself unemployed and barely holding onto his dreams, Nuri changes all her opinions about what she expects from a man because she’s just found the one who is perfect for her.

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Yasir is an aspiring writer-director who is down to his last two unemployment checks and lives (unhappily) with his on-again/off-again ex. But after meeting the stunning Nuri, Yasir finds a reason to alter his life and the drive to access his potential.

Repped by Gersh and Luber Roklin Entertainment, Weaver is best known for her roles in Switched at Birth, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and 2 Lava 2 Lantula and appeared in the 2016 film Illicit. Catlett plays Lala in the upcoming CW drama series Black Lightning, also from Akil Producitons. His TV credits also include Giants, That Guy and First. He is repped by Bold Talent Agency and KD Talent.

The Akils executive produce the series through their Akil Productions banner, with Brock Akil writing the pilot and serving as showrunner. The series hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and stems from the Akils’ big overall deal at Warner Bros. TV.