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BLACK-ISH Will Have its Spinoff ‘COLLEGE-ISH’

May 20, 2017

Yara Shahidi

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network confirmed that ABC’s Blackish will have its upcoming spinoff titled COLLEGE-ISH. The new show had a backdoor pilot on a recent episode of the ABC show, will star Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy.

Freeform has already ordered 13 episodes of half-hour for the single-comedy, which is set to premiere in early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform app.

COLLEGE-ISH follows Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. From Black-ish executive producer Kenya Harris comes this contemporary take on  the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Shahidi is joined alongside Charlie (Cole), 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 campus.

Harris said:

“I never thought they’d let me put BLACK-ISH on the air, let alone give me a spin-off. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to continue working with Sara and the rest of this talented young cast. To any aspiring writers struggling to make it out there, I advice adding an ‘-ish’ to any working title you might have. It seems to be the move.”

Karey Burke, Executive Vice President of Programming & Development at Freeform said:

“Our goal at Freeform is to celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture through our shows. Kenya Barris blazes new trails in the funniest way possible with COLLEGE-ISH and we can’t wait to get schooled by the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who is the perfect addition to our Freeform family.”

Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins executive produce. Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore write.

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