ABC has ordered the development of 6 more episodes for its trailblazing black situational comedy ‘Black-ish’.
Kenya Barris’ brainchild ‘Black-ish’ has proved to be a path-breaking series for not just the black community but all people of colour. Exceptional scriptwriting and unapologetic social and political commentaries have contributed to its universal critical and popular success. Over the last 7 years, ‘Black-ish’ has become an integral part of the black popular cultural. The 7th season of this award-winning comedy is currently in telecast and ABC network just surprised its viewers with an addition of 6 more episodes to the ongoing season.
- ‘Black-ish’: A black family in a white world
- The ‘Black-ish’ franchise: Spin-offs and prequel
- ‘Black-ish’ Season 7: New episodes
‘Black-ish’: A black family in a white world
Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Jenifer Lewis, and Lawrence Fishburne, ‘Black-ish’ is a situational comedy about an upper-middle-class black family as they juggle with a variety of interpersonal and societal issues. The family is led by a rich advertising executive Andre Johnson (played by Anderson) and his doctor wife Rainbow (played by Ellis Ross), who are trying their best to raise their children while staying true to their roots.
The series is one of the highest-rated shows on ABC and ranks amongst the top ten shows in the United States in terms of its total viewership. Over the seasons, the show has not shied away from openly discussing subjects such as racism, colourism, sexism, the LGBTQAI community, the election of Donald Trump, and coronavirus. Its ‘woke’ storylines have made it a fan favourite.
The show has with time become an entire franchise churning out several spin-offs.
The ‘Black-ish’ franchise: Spin-offs and prequel
The 23rd episode of the season 3 titled “Liberal Arts“, acted as the backdoor for the show’s first spin-off, ‘Grown-ish’ with Yara Shahidi who plays Zoey Johnson in the lead. ‘Grown-ish’ is a 2018 sitcom on Freeform that revolves around Zoey’s adventures while attending the California University of Pennsylvania as she makes friends, finds love, and finds her path into adulthood.
In 2019, ABC released the prequel to ‘Black-ish’ called ‘Mixed-ish’, that chronicles Rainbow’s childhood as the daughter of a white father and a black mother. Set in the 1980’s, it focuses on how being a girl of mixed ethnicity has an impact on her growing up. Tracee Ellis Ross serves as the narrator and creator of the show along with Kenya Barris.
ABC announced in September 2020, that a new spin-off, ‘Old-ish’, starring Jenifer Lewis and Lawrence Fishburne in leading roles was currently in the making. The show will focus on Andre’s parents Ruby and Earl (played by Lewis and Fishburne, respectively) as they give their love a second chance. The synopsis of the upcoming show that has been revealed until now, says:
“When they move to a rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood of L.A., they’ll meet characters who represent the old and new faces of the community as they try to make it work as a married couple. Again.”
‘Black-ish’ Season 7: New episodes
Season 7 of ‘Black-ish’ finally premiered on October 21st, 2020 after its production was halted for a while due to the pandemic. The season is currently focusing on the Johnson family adjusting to life in the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC has now back-ordered 6 more episodes to the ongoing season 7, thus, making a total of 21 episodes. This means that ‘Black-ish’ will receive a complete season with episodes airing even during the first half of 2021. The show also made waves when it released a two-part animated special about the 2020 election on October 4th, 2020.
The series is finally back on track and is set to impress fans with a lot more meaningful and woke storylines with upcoming episodes.
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