There are no unexplained or complicated cases for “Hannibal” star Laurence Fishburne. He heads to ABC as a recurring cast member and executive producer of “Black-ish” starring Anthony Anderson. It is scheduled to air on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Read on to learn more about the cast members and trailer of ABC’s “Black-ish.”
Created by Kenya Barris, the network’s upcoming American comedy series is also executively produced by Anderson, Fishburne and Barris with Brian Dobbins, Helen Sugland, Larry Wilmore, Paul Young, Peter Principato, and Tom Russo.
Deadline reported that “Black-ish” was to be loosely based on “The Game” helmer’s own personal experiences.
“I’m usually THE black guy at work. We’re THE black family in the neighborhood. My kids are basically THE black kids at school. I think it’s kind of a situation of be careful what you wish for. It’s almost in like moving on up, I’ve sort of priced myself ‘out’ of being black,” said Barris in the Deadline article.
“Black-ish” will center on a upper middle-class African-American family lead by Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson). Dre continues to struggle with the constant complications that arise regarding cultural identity. His problems are also aggravated by the clashing views that he got from his liberal wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and his four color-blind kids: Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin).
Fortunately, he has found an ally from his old-school Pops (Laurence Fishburne) to help him in regaining the presence of cultural identity in the Johnsons home. Can Pops and Andre fix the problem in the family? Will they finally embrace their past culture?
According to Deadline, ABC programming chief Paul Lee said that the series order of “Black-ish” is part of the network’s move on increasing the quantity of “culture diverse” series in their line up.
“Black-ish” will join Shonda Rhimes’ “How to Get Away with Murder,” starring Viola Davis, in featuring several black leads in the series. Another culture-diversed series is “Cristela,” starring Mexican-American Cristina Alonzo, who will play the role of a young woman who recently got an internship slot at a prestigious law firm. Two other shows for the midseason schedule had been ordered including “Fresh Off the Boat” and “American Crime.”
Moreover, Vulture posted that the network previously tapped “The Office” EP Larry Wilmore to become the series’ showrunner. Unfortunately, he had to leave his showrunning duties when he was asked to replace Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” with “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.”
And that’s it for ABC’s “Black-ish“! It will air on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m on ABC. Check out Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly for more news about your favorite TV series, upcoming movies, and Hollywood celebrities.
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