A new title for Freeform’s 13-episode black-ish spinoff, formerly known as college-ish, will now answer to the name of grown-ish. The series will revolve around Yara Shahidi’s black-ish character Zoey as she finally leaves the Johnson family nest.
Along with a new title, grown-ish is also adding three new series regulars: Emily Arlook (Hand of God) will play Miriam, a know-it-all freshman; Trevor Jackson (American Crime) will play Aaron, a socially-conscious sophomore; and Chris Parnell (Rick and Morty) will play the dean of California Southern University. Jackson and Parnell appeared in the spinoff’s backdoor pilot, which aired in May, while Arlook’s character was originally played by a different actress.
Per the network, grown-ish promises a “contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education.” Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive-producing.
Yara Shahidi started her career at the tender age of 6, appearing in television and print ads for companies such as McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids, and The Children’s Place. Her film debut was opposite Eddie Murphy in Imagine That, for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best performance in a Feature Film. For Black-ish, she took home a 2014 NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Last year, she signed on to model with New York Women Management modeling agency in hopes to provide a platform for more women of color in diverse roles.
Congrats to the widely talented Yara Shahidi! We look forward to this next venture for Zoey and we’ll surely be tuned in!