Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne are headed to ABC! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network picked up their comedy pilot “Black-ish” for the 2014-15 TV roster.
The series explores what it means to be “Black” in today’s multicultural society. It followers Anderson’s character, an “upper-middle-class Black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids.” Kenya Barris, best known as a writer on BET’s “The Game,” penned the script based on his real-life experience.
“I decided to do this project when I looked up and realized that everywhere I go I’m constantly the fly in buttermilk,” he told Deadline. “I’m usually THE black guy at work. We’re THE black family in the neighborhood. My kids are basically THE black kids at school. I think it’s kind of a situation of be careful what you wish for. It’s almost in like moving on up, I’ve sort of priced myself ‘out’ of being black.”
Ross, who plays alongside Anderson as the liberal wife, gushed about the good news to her nearly 300,000 Instagram followers on Instagram. “Yup we’re #Blackish …this is a dream and yet it’s reality! @kenyab_in_imax3d #KenyaBarris #LaurenceFishburne @AnthonyAnderson #LarryWilmore and MEEEEE …thank you ABC,” she wrote.
She added, “This is how I feel right now…#goodthingshappening.”
Laurence Fishburne will executive produce the project and appear in a reoccurring role as oldschool dad.
Congrats to the cast!
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