Good times for 'black-ish'

Los Angeles Times

Kenya Barris' decision to end the second season of "black-ish" with a loving spoof of Norman Lear's groundbreaking inner-city comedy "Good Times" wasn't just a great idea, it was a much-deserved victory lap. With a remarkable second season that managed such incendiary topics as the N-word, gun ownership, police brutality and religion with great humor and humanity, "black-ish" has joined the Lear-led pantheon of socially significant comedies. So it's important to remember the widespread conniption fit "black-ish" caused well before its premiere in 2014 when no one on God's green Earth knew What To Think of that title. Many black Americans were immediately offended (what's with the "-ish"?), many white Americans were immediately outraged ("How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled "Blackish"?," tweeted Donald Trump. "Can you imagine the furor of a show, "Whiteish"!


Is 'Black-ish' Too Focused On Race? Creator Kenya Barris Responds To Critics

International Business Times

Since Donald Trump was elected president, some viewers of "Black-ish" have said the show has become too focused on race. With Season 3 episodes such as "Lemons" focusing on the election and "Being Bow-racial" dealing with Rainbow's (Tracee Ellis Ross) race and Junior (Marcus Scribner) dating a white girl, series creator Kenya Barris has heard the criticism but he isn't fazed. Speaking during a Clark Atlanta University gala, as reported by the Atlanta Black Star, Barris said he hears the feedback and also loves it, but he won't let it dictate what he and his team do with "Black-ish." "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris isn't worried about his show being too focused on race. The series creator added, "I love any and all feedback.


Why did ABC shelve this 'Black-ish' episode?

Mashable

It's hard to imagine that there's anything ABC wouldn't allow on critical darling Black-ish after several successful seasons, but a new story in Variety reports that a February episode was shelved due to "creative differences" between the network and show runner Kenya Barris. SEE ALSO: Where are the mainstream TV shows about American Indians? The episode was reportedly shot in November and scheduled to air at the end of February, with a story that follows Dre (Anthony Anderson) as he improvises a bedtime story for his infant son DeVonte while a thunderstorm keeps the whole house awake. Variety's report doesn't make it clear why the episode was shelved, noting only that it "covers multiple political and social issues." "Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it," Barris said in a statement.


'Black-Ish' Spinoff Starring Yara Shahidi Casts 'Suburgatory' Alum Chris Parnell

International Business Times

According to Deadline, Parnell will play the role of a college administrator who will be featured in the pilot episode of the ABC spinoff. The new show will chronicle the life of Yara Shahidi's character, Zoey, as she heads to college. Zoey is the eldest daughter of Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross). She is popular, stylish and smart. Her siblings look up to her because she is also a good role model to them.