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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.”