The hit ABC comedy series “black-ish” has generated a spinoff, but the new series will run on ABC’s cable cousin Freeform. Freeform announced it ordered 13 episodes of the scripted comedy centered on “black-ish” breakout Yara Shahidi.
The new single-camera sitcom has the working title “college-ish.” Hailing from ABC Studios, the show is due to premiere in early 2018.
Along with Shahidi as Zoey Johnson the show stars Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy.
“’college-ish’ follows the Johnsons’ eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest,” Freeform notes in its announcement. “From ‘black-ish’ executive producer Kenya Barris comes a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara is joined by ‘black-ish’s’ Deon Cole (Charlie), who moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor, as well as funny new characters both in the administration and student body who all reflect the complex and hilarious points of views that populate college campuses.”
Said Barris: “I never thought they’d let me put ‘black-ish’ on the air, let alone give me a spinoff. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to continue working with Yara and the rest of this talented young cast. To any aspiring writers struggling to make it out there, I highly advise adding an ‘-ish’ to any working title you might have. It seems to be the move.”
Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series, which was written by Barris and Larry Wilmore.
Yara Shahidi (ABC/Ron Tom)