It was recently reported that a “Black-ish” spinoff starring Yara Shahidi would be moving forward, and that it would likely be airing on ABC’s sister network Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family). Now it’s official: the series, tentatively titled “College-ish,” has gotten the green light for a 13-episode first season, which will premiere in early 2018.
Shahidi has co-starred in “Black-ish” for three seasons as Zoey, the oldest child of Andre and Rainbow Johnson (Emmy nominees Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross), and now she’s headed off to college. A backdoor pilot for “College-ish” aired this past spring when “Black-ish” followed Zoey during her college orientation in the May 3 episode “Liberal Arts.” Shahidi will be joined by Deon Cole, who has recurred on “Black-ish” as Dre’s co-worker Charlie Telphy who happens to moonlight as an adjunct professor at Zoey’ school.
“Black-ish” and “College-ish” executive producer Kenya Barris said in a statement, “I never thought they’d let me put ‘Black-ish’ on the air let alone give me a spin-off. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to continue working with Yara and the rest of this talented young cast. To any aspiring writers struggling to make it out there, I highly advise adding an ‘–ish’ to any working title you might have. It seems to be the move.”
Freeform executive vice president of programming and development Karey Burke added, “Our goal at Freeform is to celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture through our shows. Kenya Barris blazes new trails in the funniest way possible with ‘College-ish’ and we can’t wait to get schooled by the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who is the perfect addition to our Freeform family.”
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