Looks like OWN network has canceled their relationship drama series Love Is __, just five months after announcing its renewal. This is following Mara Akil’s husband, Salim Akil’s lawsuit from a woman who claims she was abused during their alleged 10-year affair.
“OWN has decided not to move forward with the second season of Love Is__,” the network revealed in a statement.
OWN execs felt that the show which is based on Mara and Salem’s love story had been compromised by the allegations. The Grapevine reports:
“In the lawsuit filed in November, Brenner’s physical and sexual abuse claims against Akil reached horrific levels, including an allegation that he unrinated into Brenner’s mouth during forced oral sex and an incident where he forced her to lick a parking garage wall.”
Brenner also accused Akil of ripping the plt from her 2015 screenplay, Luv & Perversity in the East Village, based on their own relationship, and using it as the foundation for Nuri’s (Michele Weaver) and Yasir’s (Will Catlett) love story.in the OWN romantic drama.
Last week, however, Brenner filed a voluntary dismissal without prejudice on the federal case.”
Mara posted a statement on her social media account sharing that she is saddened by the news:
“This was a special tribe—assembling teams like this is by the grace of God—and I will miss not being on set with them to make more magic,” she wrote. “And though I know we will all go on to create more amazing work, I’m grateful there was a moment in time that we came together and had the courage to give our best to try and tell a story about love with love.”
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LOVE IS___ I am saddened that this great group of #artists and #storytellers will no longer get to create together on this project in this way. This was a special tribe— assembling teams like this is by the grace of God— and I will miss not being on set with them to make more magic. And though I know we will all go on to create more amazing work, I’m grateful there was a moment in time that we came together and had the courage to give our best to try and tell a story about love with love. #InTheLandOf #LoveIs
Are you sad to see “Love Is __” go?