January 20, 2017


'Black-ish' Spinoff Starring Yara Shahidi in the Works at ABC

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Leon Bennett/FilmMagic

Are you privy to the greatness of Black-ish, now in its third season? Because, fantastically enough, it's got a spinoff in the works. Deadline reports that the ABC series seeks to A Different World–ify itself by following the Johnsons' eldest, Zoey (Yara Shahidi), to college. 

If it does go down, the spinoff could squeeze a "backdoor pilot" into Black-ish this spring. "Sources stress that talks for the spinoff are still in very early stages," Deadline writes, "with no script and deals in place."

Black-ish just competed for three Golden Globe Awards, with Tracee Ellis Ross winning Best Actress – TV Series Musical or Comedy. The show has 11 NAACP Image Awards and four Emmy nominations so far.

Zoey's Black-ish spinoff would be co-created by Kenya Barris (who brought us the original series) and Larry Wilmore, an executive producer and former host of the unjustly canceled The Nightly Show. Deadline hears Wilmore was already scheming up a new college comedy which segued into this plan. Barris is simultaneously co-writing and executive producing a new ABC comedy, Vijal Patel's Libby & Malcolm, starring Courtney B. Vance and Felicity Huffman.

ABC is also working on a spinoff to its '90s-set sitcom The Goldbergs, which would center on the high school gym teacher/coach played by Bryan Callen.

Listen to a recent Back of the Class podcast about Black-ish right here, and watch Yara Shahidi's 2015 visit to Fuse: