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New Showrunner for ABC Sitcom

Jul 30, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A popular ABC comedy series that has seen its share of showrunner changes has just had another one. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that “black-ish” has undergone a change at the top.

“Showrunners Jonathan Groff and Kenny Smith have stepped down as showrunners and will focus on development for producers ABC Studios,” THR reports. “Meanwhile, Courtney Lilly has been promoted to take over as showrunner on the series created by Kenya Barris.”

Lilly, who has been a writer on the series since its first season, takes over for the upcoming sixth season.

“Lilly is the latest showrunner change on ‘black-ish,'” THR notes. “Smith was promoted to co-showrunner (alongside Groff) as part of an overall deal with the studio. Smith ran season five. Groff had been showrunner alongside Barris for the first three seasons of ‘black-ish.’ Barris stepped down as co-showrunner last year, paving the way for Smith.”

Smith and Groff will reportedly remain involved as consultants, while Barris remains an executive producer.

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