The ABC BLACK-ISH spinoff is nearing a series order but it won’t be on the alphabet’s schedule next fall. Instead, the single-camera comedy starring Yara Shahidi is set to land at sibling network Freeform where execs view the younger-skewing series as a better fit.
The comedy centers around Shahidi’s Black-ish character Zoey, daughter of Andre and Bow Johnson, as she heads off to college, similar to The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World.
Freeform beefed up their original programming slate with big announcements at their upfront presentation that included series orders for superhero series Cloak & Dagger, feminist coming-of-age dramedy The Bold Type, and the genre series Siren. On the comedy side they ordered the half-hour Alone Together from the Lone Island team, the animated laffer Sticks, and Marvel’s New Warriors.
The Shahidi-starrer would pair with the millennial-centric cabler and taps into Shahidi’s strong audience that she has developed in the last few years as a vocal activist. Shahidi and Girl Meets World actor Rowan Blanchard were featured on the cover of Teen Vogue where they were hailed “Feminist Teen Icons”.
Emily J | TV Editor