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Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Kenya Barris recalls the weeks-long battle with ABC and Disney over his shelved Black-ish episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Feb. 27 "Please, Baby, Please" episode was supposed to be special, shot with a bigger budget, featuring Spike Lee narration and expensive music. It would focus on Dre and his interpretation of real-world events presented to his son as a form of catharsis. But the network felt the episode was too political, too anti-Trump for a broadcast network. "I know there was some concern about partisanship," says Barris, "and the way the episode was angled and the balance in terms of some of the stories. On network TV, one of the things I've learned is that you have to talk about things from both sides." Barris tried to edit the episode to meet the demands of ABC and Disney executives. "What it ended up being, and I think the network would agree, was not a true representation of what we intended to do," he says. "Because if it was, we would've shown it." Ultimately, Barris and the executives mutually agreed to scrap the episode, which led to Barris seeking a way out of his ABC Studios contract. "He'd given his blood, sweat and tears to (the episode), which they had signed off on every step of the way — from the outline, to the script, to the table read, to the point where they actually spent the money and made the episode," says Anthony Anderson, who also serves as executive producer. "And I don't know what those conversations were, but we entered into this partnership with the understanding that we would be able to tell the stories that we wanted to tell."
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Anthony Anderson won't face charges after a woman accused him of assault
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office decided last Friday not to file charges against the Black-ish star due to lack of evidence and the accuser refusing to cooperate.
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Black-ish celebrates 100 episodes with a giant Air Jordan cake
"This all started as a dream and dreams do come true!" Anthony Anderson wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to my entire cast and crew! This could not have happened without you! 100 episodes down 100 more to go!" Episode 100 airs this fall.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
D.A. reviewing sexual assault allegation against Anthony Anderson
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office is reviewing a sexual assault allegation against the Black-ish star that the LAPD submitted on Wednesday. Last month, The Blast revealed that a woman came forward earlier this year accusing him of sexual assault last year at an event she catered for him. Anderson's rep denies the accusation.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 7:53PM EDT
LAPD is reportedly investigating Anthony Anderson for allegedly assaulting a woman
Source: The Blast
The Blast reports that a woman filed a police report earlier this year alleging that the Black-ish star assaulted her more than a year ago. The woman, according to The Blast, told police she first met Anderson when she catered an event for him. She alleges the assault occurred when they met for a second time to discuss future business opportunities. LAPD confirmed to The Blast, “we have a crime report listing him as a suspect in a crime,” adding, “it is an open investigation.” Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Anderson says: “It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false. The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.”
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Tracee Ellis Ross: “There were never any threats” over equal pay and her Black-ish future
On Saturday night, the Black-ish star posted a statement on Twitter in response to reports of a Time’s Up meeting that extensively discussed her salary negotiation. In an article published last Thursday, unnamed sources told The Hollywood Reporter that "Ellis Ross feels that if she isn't brought up to (co-star Anthony) Anderson's (salary) level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show.” In her statement, Ellis Ross writes that she “was in a renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during a successful show. I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is like to be a fully realized black woman on TV.” However, she wanted to make it clear that "the words and thoughts that were in the original article that started this public conversation were not mine; there were never any threats," and that she was never contacted by the reporter. “Having had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward,” she added, “but I’m grateful for the outpouring of support.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Report: Tracee Ellis Ross is threatening to reduce her work on Black-ish if she doesn’t receive pay on par with Anthony Anderson
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Ellis Ross earning significantly less than her co-star was discussed at a recent Time’s Up meeting, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel. She reports that “with negotiations for the fifth season ongoing, sources say Ellis Ross feels that if she isn't brought up to Anderson's level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show. The tactic has split opinions within Time's Up, with some worried that it's more a retreat than a forward-looking solution (fitting in extra work isn't always feasible, and often an actress wouldn't earn as much guesting as she would as a network star). A network source says a new deal will significantly increase her compensation and cautioned that Anderson and Ellis Ross' roles aren't equal given that he has been attached to Black-ish from the start and is an executive producer.” But as Siegel notes, this kind of discussion wouldn’t have happened without the recent discussion about equal pay.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Power and Black-ish among the NAACP Image Award winners
They were named, respectively, the most outstanding drama and comedy series at last night’s ceremony. ALSO: Host Anthony Anderson took a jab at his friend Omarosa.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 6:02PM EST
See a preview of Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish
“You don’t understand, Zozo, the world is a dangerous place now. College is totally different than when I was coming up,” Anthony Anderson’s Andre tells his daughter Zoey (played by Yara Shahidi) in a clip from the ABC spinoff.