Yara Shahidi who plays Zoey on the television sitcom ‘black-ish’ will star in the Freeform spinoff ‘grown-ish.’


Black PR Wire

Freeform has added three series regulars to “’grown-ish,” a spin-off of ABC’s award-winning hit series “black-ish,” starring breakout star yara shahidi as Zoey Johnson from ABC signature studios.

The 13 episode single-camera comedy will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on freeform and the freeform App available on connected TV, mobile devices and online.

Emily Arlook (“The Good Place,” “hand of God”), Chris Parnell (“saturday Night Live”) and Trevor Jackson (“Burning sands,” “American Crime”) join the previously announced cast of yara shahidi (“black-ish”) and Deon Cole (“black-ish”), with additional casting to be announced.

‘grown-ish’ reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer, Kenya Barris. “Where ‘black-ish’ examines what it means to be black, ‘grown-ish’ is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

“grown-ish” follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (shahidi) as she heads off to college at southern California university (sCu) and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest.

Shahidi is joined by her current co-star on “black-ish” Deon Cole (Charlie), who moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor, as well as funny new characters both in the administration and student body who all reflect the complex and hilarious points of views that populate college campuses.

Arlook will portray Miriam, a freshman knowit-all at sCu with a no holds barred attitude; Parnell will portray the dean and Jackson will portray another freshman student.

The show comes from “black-ish” executive producer Kenya Barris and offers a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education.

Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence fishburne, helen sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series, which joins freeform’s expanding original comedy slate including “young & hungry,” starring emily osment, along with recently announced comedies “Alone Together,” starring Benji Aflalo and esther Povitsky, and “Marvel’s New Warriors,” starring Milana Vayntrub and Derek Theler, both set to premiere in 2018.