Yara Shahidi’s Black-ish spinoff just might end up at Freeform.
The highly anticipated Black-ish spinoff is coming, but it probably won’t be arriving at ABC. If you live for Kenya Barris’ Black-ish, then you recognize Yara Shahidi’s Zoey Johnson, the eldest kid of the Johnson clan. The series follows an upper-middle-class Black family and their various trials and triumphs. Advertising executive Dre (Anthony Anderson) and his doctor wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross), are raising their four wildly different millennial children, Zoey, Junior (Marcus Scribner), Diane (Marsai Martin) and Jack (Miles Brown) in Los Angeles. However, as the third season comes to a close, it’s also time to send Zoey off to college.
17-year old Zoey is a popular, entitled, stylish, and socially active daddy’s girl who is often unbothered by the antics of her family including her grandparents Pops (Laurence Fishburne) and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis). We saw a glimpse of Zoey’s college journey last week when a backdoor pilot aired during Black-ish. However, according to Deadline, it was deemed “too young-skewing” for ABC and would be a better fit for Freeform’s millennial demographic.
With its series like Pretty Little Liars and Famous in Love, Freeform seems more than ready to gobble up this spin-off which is following in the footsteps of the ’90s spin-off of The Cosby Show, A Different World. Word is, Freeform is close to finalizing the deal with Suburgatory alum Chris Parnell, Veep’s Matt Walsh and American Crime’s Trevor Jackson set to join the cast.
There is no word yet on a name for the new show, but Black-ish just got renewed for season 4, so that is something we should all celebrate.