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Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 3:48AM EST
Disney and Black-ish producers are adapting the comic book series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
The comic book about a 9-year-old super genius named Lunella Lafayette who teams with a bright red dinosaur could end up on Disney XD or Disney Junior. It is being produced by Black-ish and Grown-ish executive producers Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
Alec Baldwin exits the ABC family sitcom he was working on with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris
Baldwin will still serve as an executive producer on the comedy, which he opted out of starring in after he and Barris realized he wasn’t right for the part following a table read, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Baldwin also wanted to film the comedy in New York, while Barris is headquartered in Los Angeles. ABC gave a straight-to-series pickup for the untitled comedy, but it will now revert to pilot status since Baldwin is no longer attached.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Tracee Ellis Ross to make her Black-ish directing debut
She’ll helm a late-season episode titled “Fifty-Three Percent.”
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
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 Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Freeform gets a new logo and tagline -- “A little forward”
The younger-skewing cable channel is undergoing a makeover two years after transitioning from ABC Family. "At Freeform, we’re purposefully and passionately moving our brand forward by defying expectations and dismantling conventions; busting stereotypes of theme, cast and culture in service to a more inclusive world on and off screen,” said Freeform president Tom Ascheim. He also promoted a video using words like "sweet," "funny," "scary" and "desperate" to describe Freeform’s programming.
- Freeform renews Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish for Season 2
- The Bold Type’s Season 2 premiere set for June 12; Nikohl Boosheri and Stephen Conrad Moore promoted to series regulars
- Famous in Love returns for Season 2 on April 4
- Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premieres June 7
- Freeform reveals a trailer for Siren mermaid thriller
# TOPICS: Freeform, Black-ish, The Bold Type, Famous in Love, Grown-ish, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Siren, Nikohl Boosheri, Stephen Conrad Moore, Tom Ascheim, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups, Trailers & Teasers
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 Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
It was up to Grown-ish to finally explore Zoey Johnson’s sexuality
Zoey’s sexuality, says Ariana Romero, was something “that Black-ish often glanced at but never actually dealt with. The result was a necessary conversation that many real young people actually have, but rarely see played out on screen.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Grown-ish was Freeform’s biggest series launch since 2012
About 1.56 million watched last week’s premiere of the Black-ish spinoff.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 4:57AM EST
Grown-ish needs to time to truly separate itself from Black-ish and establish its own identity
The Freeform spinoff of ABC's Black-ish that puts the focus on Yara Shahidi’s Zoey Johnson is neither great nor bad from the get-go, says Jen Chaney. “The fact is Grown-ish is a different kind of show, one that can’t push Freeform’s boundaries far enough to qualify as edgy, but definitely delves into more mature territory,” says Chaney. “The second episode, in which Zoey finds herself becoming quasi-dependent on Adderall, offers a breakdown of all the different levels of imbibing that casually go on in college, from kids drinking jello shots to taking Oxy to snorting cocaine. While families may regularly watch Black-ish together, Grown-ish feels more targeted at and appropriate for teens and young adults.”
- Shahidi proves to be great on her own show, especially with her comedic timing
- It seems nearly impossible to build a spinoff around Black-ish’s least-defined character
- Grown-ish presents an opportunity to reinvent Zoey Johnson, just as kids reinvent themselves when they leave for college
- Kenya Barris: “Of all the Black-ish characters, Zoey is most like my daughter, who goes to USC”
- Freeform immediately leaped at the opportunity to put on Grown-ish
- Shahidi: “There was so many moments that were happening that were parallel to my own life”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 4:07PM EST
ABC orders a family sitcom from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alec Baldwin
Barris, Baldwin and Grown-ish executive producer Julie Bean have received a straight-to-series order on their family comedy about a “stuck-in-his-ways, opinionated, fading TV star who moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
Tracee Ellis Ross explains sexual harassment with a children’s book while guest-hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Black-ish star read from the "book" The Handsy Man on Tuesday’s show.
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.
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Menstruation has become a hot topic for TV comedies in recent years
Last week’s Black-ish was the latest series to address “riding the crimson wave,” following in the footsteps of shows like Broad City and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, says Jen Chaney, who points out that historically menstruation was rarely discussed on scripted television.
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
ABC orders extra episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish and American Housewife
All three ABC series are expanding from 22 to 24 episodes this season.