The spinoff of ABC’s acclaimed family comedy Black-ish, starring Yara Shahidi, is close to receiveing a series order; however, the series would not be on ABC. Freeform is currently in talks for a series order to the project, originally developed to air on ABC.
The spinoff focuses on Shahidi’s character Zoey Johnson, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter, as she heads to college. The pilot was well received at ABC; however, it’s target demographic was too young for the broadcast network, and would fare better with the millennial demographic over at Freeform.
The script for the backdoor pilot episode was written by Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris and former showrunner, Larry Wilmore (who is no longer involved in the project). Black-ish is following in the footsteps of the hit 1980s NBC family sitcom, The Cosby Show, which similarly spun off the Huxtables’ daughter Denise, played by Lisa Bonet, into her own series, A Different World, when she went to college.
Black-ish, now in its third season, is fully expected to be renewed for a fourth season based on its critical acclaim, solid ratings and off-network and SVOD sales for ABC Studios.