NBC Orders Bright Futures Millennial Comedy Pilot From Black-Ish Creator Kenya Barris
Emmy-nominated Black-ish creator Kenya Barris just got the green-light to bring a twentysomething comedy pilot to NBC titled Bright Futures. The 43-year-old was super excited about the news, posting on Instagram some hours ago, “Thx u to @nbc for giving this hilarious and relevant project a chance to live and breathe in the way it needs to!!”
Was this subtle shade to ABC? His current series Black-ish lives and breathes on that network, and according to Deadline, ABC passed on picking up the pilot order of Bright Futures, allowing it to be up for grabs by its competitor NBC. Whether on NBC or ABC, it’s just nice to see that yet another Black creator is bringing quality content into our living rooms.
But Barris will not be penning the pilot. He will only serve as an executive producer. However, he’s bringing three writers from Freeform’s Grown-ish, which has been renewed for a second season, to the new pilot. Hale Rothstein, Danny Segal and Isaac Shamis will be giving us the story of “…a group of friends all stumbling through the transition from the clueless, immature twentysomethings they are now to the successful professionals they’re destined to be.”
Sounds like a millennial version of the old school series Friends to me. This is the second pilot order for Barris, who also has one with ABC about a fading TV star who moves in with his daughter, her girlfriend and the child they raise together. That one has yet to get off the ground since former 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin decided to not star in the project.
With two successful shows under his belt (Black-ish and Grown-ish), it seems like Barris might just have “another one” in the bag. If the Bright Futures pilot goes to series, will you be tuning in to check it out?