Black-ish: ABC’s New Family Comedy on Embracing Race
ABC is adding more shows to its roster and a new comedy delving into the life of an “identity-crisis” black family is one of them. Co-stars Tracy Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson play parents to a lively group of four, in a mostly all-white suburban neighborhood.
Father Anthony Anderson, “Andre,” is facing a dilemma… he feels his family isn’t black enough. As his son, a junior, decides to go by “Andy” instead of “Andre” and wants to have a Bar mitzvah like his friends.
“Black-ish” is ABC’s sixth comedy pilot picked up this season. The half-hour show from “The Game’s” Kenya Barris was mostly influenced by Barris’ own life. As it follows an “upper-middle class black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Larry Wilmore, whose “The Minority Report” will soon replace the “The Colbert Report,” is serving as executive producer along with Anderson, Lawrence Fishburne and Peter Principato – looks like a great team.
We’ve been missing what would be “The Family Matters” and “The Cosby Show “of this time and “Black-ish” certainly may not be a substitute, but we are happy to see a successful black family tackling the issues of holding on to one’s identity and making us laugh while doing so.
ABC’s new Fall 2014-15 schedule puts “Black-ish” in the prime post-“Modern Family” slot on Wednesdays at 9:30pm.
“Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,” ABC entertainment president Paul Lee told The Wrap. “ABC is finishing the season with momentum — we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we’re using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we’re extremely excited about the new slate.”
Will you be tuning in?