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Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Kenya Barris says "we've moved past" the pulled Black-ish episode, but ABC wouldn't let him comment on the Roseanne joke
"We’ve moved past it," the Black-ish creator says of the “Please, Baby, Please” episode that he agreed with ABC to yank that would've tackled political and societal isues, including NFL players kneeling. "We just had a difference of opinion. I don’t think it’s the first time an episode hasn’t aired. It probably won’t be the last. And I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to move past it.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey addressed the pulled episode earlier today, saying: "Much has been made of the kneeling part of it, which was not even really the issue." Meanwhile, when Vulture asked Barris about the Roseanne joke that seemed to slam Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, "an ABC representative interrupted and didn’t allow him to answer."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC boss addresses rumored tension with Black-ish creator, says kneeling athletes was "not really the issue" in yanked episode
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said there were "a number of different elements that we had a hard time coming to terms on" in the network's decision not to air a February episode of Black-ish. As for rumored tension that has reportedly led Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to seek an early exit from ABC deal and move to Netflix, she said: "He’s under contract with ABC Studios. Further specifics are not under my purview."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 3:48PM EDT
Blackish creator's Bright Futures pilot, narrated by Lisa Kudrow, is still alive at NBC despite late Brooklyn Nine-Nine pickup
The pilot from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris starring Emily Ratajowski, Shameik Moore and Youtubber Lilly Singh as a group of friends aging out of their 20s is not dead folling concerns that NBC didn't have any more room for additional comedies following Friday night's pickup of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that NBC plans to discuss the project's future internally after the upfronts.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
ABC renews Black-ish
The Kenya Barris comedy will return for a fifth season.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Can Black-ish creator Kenya Barris realistically leave his ABC contract for Netflix?
Barris signed a three-year deal with ABC Studios last year, presumably before his reported feud with ABC began. Experts weigh in on whether ABC would allow him to exit his contract after just one year.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Black-ish copyright lawsuit appears to be headed to trial
A judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Black-ish creator Kenya Barris by his former writing partner Bryan Barber, who alleges that they originally developed ideas for the ABC comedy in 2006 for VH1.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris could land the next big Netflix deal after clashing with ABC
Barris is "actively trying to get out of his overall deal with ABC Studios, his creative home since 2015" as Netflix courts him for another big mega-deal in the vein of Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Barris signed his ABC Studios deal just last year, and has three years remaining. The potential Netflix deal comes after Barris clashed with the network over a Black-ish episode that was pulled in February, which reportedly tackled the National Anthem protests. According to The Hollywood Reporter, although ABC described the decision to pull the episode as mutual, "sources say otherwise."
Posted Saturday 3/10/18 at 6:13PM EST
ABC shelved a politically themed Black-ish episode over "creative differences"
The Black-ish episode titled “Please, Baby, Please" was scheduled to run on Feb. 27, but was abruptly pulled from the lineup days earlier and replaced with a rerun. According to Variety, the episode tackled political and social themes, including the NFL players' National Anthem protests. “Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” creator Kenya Barris tells Variety. “Black-ish is a show that has spoken to all different types of people and brought them closer as a community and I’m so proud of the series.” ABC, which hasn't confirmed whether the episode has been shelved permanently, said via spokesperson: “One of the things that has always made Black-ish so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates. However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Alec Baldwin to undergo hip-replacement surgery this morning
Hilaria Baldwin, Alec's wife, revealed his surgery on Instagram, posting last night that “now we rest because tomorrow morning we are in the hospital bright and early for his hip to be replaced. Think good thoughts for us. We are gonna eat lightly, relax, and take deep breaths." Baldwin’s posted the news hours after the actor exited an ABC comedy that he was to star in from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. No word on how his surgery will affect his other TV projects, including Match Game.
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 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.”