In May, Freeform greenlit Black-ish spinoff, College-ish, starring Yara Shahidi. At the time, the show was said to center around Shahidi’s character, Zoey Johnson, who is on her way to college where she will inevitably learn the harsh realities of adulthood. An early 2018 premiere is planned with 13 episodes on order.
It appears much of the above is still on the docket, as Shahidi and Black-ish creator, Kenya Barris, told BlackTreeTV at Essence Fest (via Shadow and Act) the writing process is beginning soon. However, the show now has a new title, one that seems more in-line with the spinoff’s core premise — Grown-ish.
“It’s now called Grown-ish,” Barris revealed. “We start the writers room Monday. Me and Yara have been in casting, looking for the best, brightest and newest faces. We have some people that we’re really excited about. She is amazing, she’s been my partner on this and it’s great.”
You can check out the interview in its entirety below:
Black-ish actor Deon Cole, who plays Charlier Telphy, will also in Grown-ish. Other characters from the former series set to recur are as Anthony Anderson’s Dre and Tracee Ellis Ross’ Bow. Shahidi and Cole’s starring roles in the spinoff won’t detract from their concurrently appearing on Black-ish.
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