The cast and crew of ABC’s “Black-ish” were on-hand Sunday, August 13, for a fun-filled carnival celebrating the show’s 2017 Emmy nominations. Gold Derby was present at the event, which took place on the ABC backlot at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. Cast members Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Peter Mackenzie, Dean Cole, Wanda Sykes, and Jeff Meachum, as well as creator Kenya Barris, mingled with prospective Emmy voters between ferris wheel rides and booth game competitions.
The event was held under the scorching summer sun, with parents and children enjoying carnival rides and games between indulging in hot dogs, cheeseburgers, ice cream sandwiches, and churros at various food trucks. Those hoping to win some Disney merchandise tested their skills throwing rings and tossing bowling balls. Voters eager to escape the blazing heat were treated to a guided tour of the show’s sets, which are currently being used to film the upcoming fourth season.
“Black-ish” competes for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (Anderson), Best Comedy Actress (Ross), and Best Comedy Guest Actress (Sykes). A victory at the Emmys would be the first for a series with a primarily black cast since “The Cosby Show” in 1985. Anderson and Ross could be the first people of color to triumph in their categories since Robert Guillaume for “Benson” in 1985 and Isabel Sanford for “The Jeffersons” in 1981. Earlier this year, Ross became the first African-American woman to win the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy Actress since Debbie Allen for “Fame” in 1982. Things have been a little more diverse in Sykes’ category, with the last non-white performer to take that prize being Uzo Aduba for “Orange is the New Black” in 2014.
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