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Black-ish ABC.png
Genre Sitcom
Created by Kenya Barris
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 21–22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • ABC Studios
  • Cinema Gypsy Productions
  • Principato-Young Entertainment
Original channel ABC
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original airing September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24)
External links
Official website

Black-ish (styled black-ish[1] or `black·ish) is an upcoming American comedy series starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne, that is expected to debut on ABC during the 2014–15 television season.[2][3] The single-camera comedy centers on a middle-class African-American family.[4] The series is scheduled to air on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., starting September 24, 2014.[5][6][7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Development and production[edit]

Black-ish first appeared on the development slate at ABC in October 2013, when it was reported that the project, which would star Anthony Anderson, had received a script commitment.[10] On January 16, 2014, ABC greenlighted the pilot episode.[11] Two weeks later, Larry Wilmore joined the show as showrunner.[12] In mid-February, Laurence Fishburne was cast as the father of Anderson's character, and Tracee Ellis Ross signed on as the female lead.[13][14][15]

On May 8, 2014, ABC picked up the pilot to series for the 2014–15 television season.[2][3] A few days later, Anderson announced that Larry Wilmore would be stepping down as showrunner early in the show's run due to his forthcoming late night show, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.[16]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot"[17] James Griffiths Kenya Barris September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24)
Advertising exec Dre looks forward to a promotion that would make him the first African American senior vice president at his firm in the premiere of this family sitcom, but he worries that there is a price to pay for his success when his son Andre Jr. announces that for his 13th birthday he's converting to Judaism in order to have a Bar Mitzvah like all his friends.


  1. ^ a b "black-ish". ABC Medianet. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2014). "ABC New Series Pickups: 'Selfie', 'Forever', Galavant', 'Whispers', 'How To Get Away With Murder', 'American Crime', 'Black-ish', Jeff Lowell Comedy". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (May 8, 2014). "ABC Orders 'Marvel's Agent Carter,' 4 Other Dramas and 4 Comedies". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Shows A-Z - black-ish on abc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Adalian, Josef (May 13, 2014). "ABC Fall Schedule: Shonda Rhimes Owns Thursdays, Black-ish Gets the Post–Modern Family Slot". Vulture. New York Media. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ O'Connell, Michael (May 13, 2014). "ABC Fall Schedule: Shonda Rhimes Rules Thursday, 'Black-ish' Gets 'Modern Family' Slot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 15, 2014). "ABC Annnounces Fall Premiere Dates" (Press release). TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ Adams, Erik (15 July 2014). "Laurence Fishburne will be back for Hannibals third season". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 14 September 2014. "Though he didn’t (and likely couldn’t) go into specifics, Fishburne noted that he’ll only be a recurring presence on both Hannibal and Black-ish this year, an arrangement he made to continue his involvement with both series." 
  9. ^ "Black-ish". ABC All Access. Retrieved 27 August 2014. "Laurence Fishburne (recurring character)" 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 8, 2013). "Anthony Anderson Toplines ABC Comedy Written By Kenya Barris & Produced By Laurence Fishburne Who May Guest Star". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 16, 20114). "Comedy Starring Anthony Anderson From Laurence Fishburne Gets ABC Pilot Order". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 31, 2014). "ABC's Anthony Anderson/Kenya Barris Pilot Taps Larry Wilmore As Showrunner". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Laurence Fishburne Set For ABC's Anthony Anderson Pilot; Jade Catta-Preta Joins Jeff Lowell Comedy". February 10, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 19, 2014). "Tracee Ellis Ross To Co-Star In Anthony Anderson Pilot; Ricky Blitt Pilot Adds One". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (February 20, 2014). "Tracee Ellis Ross Will Play Anthony Anderson's Wife In ABC's Kenya Barris Pilot, 'Black-ish'|Shadow and Act". Indiewire. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ Marotta, Jenna (May 14, 2014). "Anthony Anderson Says Larry Wilmore Won't Executive-Produce ABC's Black-ish". Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ "(#101) "Pilot"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 

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