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Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
How Yara Shahidi plans to balance Harvard and Grown-ish
The second season of Grown-ish begins production next month, just as her freshman year at Harvard is starting.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
How Grown-ish became one of TV’s most stylish shows
Source: E! Online
Costume designer Michelle Cole, who also works on Black-ish and who got her start on In Living Color, combs through specialty stores and vintage boutiques all over Los Angeles to establish Zoey Johnson’s look.
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 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 12/04/17 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.