The ABC sitcom Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is the show heading into its seventh season in October with an animated election special leading the way, but it’s about to add a third spin-off to the slate of shows that have grown out of the family comedy series.
Old-ish is in development at ABC, and it will follow Earl “Pops” Johnson and Ruby Johnson, the elder members of the Johnson family at the center of the show. Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis play the grandparents on the series, and they’ll be reprising their roles in the new show. Read More »
Black-ish has not shied away from tackling timely topics, with the ABC sitcom frequently addressing issues of race, racism, and even the turbulent political landscape. So it’s no surprise that Black-ish is getting political with an upcoming election-themed special set to air this October ahead of the show’s season 7 premiere.
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In 2018, ABC made a very expensive mistake.
After approving the production of an episode of its popular sitcom Black-ish, the network decided to shelve the episode just days before it was supposed to air. That decision did not sit well with the show’s creator, Kenya Barris, who ended up leaving The Walt Disney Company and signing a mega-deal with Netflix instead. But now, thanks to America’s grappling with racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, a new batch of executives at ABC Entertainment have finally signed off on the episode more than two years later – and you can watch it on Hulu right now. Read More »
In this edition of TV Bits:
- Say hello to Sabrina‘s goat, and say hello to Sabrina herself
- A first-look at Nightflyers
- A trailer for The Affair season 4
- Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wants to end his deal with ABC
- Netflix has ordered a new animated series
- Star Trek: Discovery will have a “classic” tone for season 2
- More Gendry in Game of Thrones season 8
- Check out the main title sequence for Netflix’s new Lost in Space
- The BBC is making a new War of the Worlds
- Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney team for a new docu-series
- A First Wives Club TV reboot is on the way
- A teaser and poster for Patrick Melrose
- Jordan Peele is making a docu-series about Lorena Bobbitt
- Tiffany Haddish will produce a new HBO comedy series
- New photos from Preacher season 3, along with a premiere date
- The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 poster
- David Simon is making a Spanish Civil War series
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The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were broadcast on CBS last night, handing out awards to HBO’s Big Little Lies and Veep, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Netflix’s Black Mirror, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Atlanta, and many more (get the full list of winners right here). But if you weren’t able to watch, we have the best moments from the show for your viewing pleasure.
The Late Show host Stephen Colbert served as master of ceremonies, opening the show with a musical number and an extensive monologue that featured one surprising guest that not only shocked people, but also made them feel a little uncomfortable. Plus, we get to see Emmy come to life thanks to Ru Paul, and Stephen Colbert breaks down during his hosting gig and needs a little Westworld check-up.
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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: the rise of political television in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.)
It started with Nazi symbols strewn across public transportation and billboards across D.C. and New York. No, it wasn’t the alarming rise of anti-Semitic vandalism that had skyrocketed in the first three months of the Trump administration. It was advertising The Man in the High Castle, the dystopian Amazon series based off the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel set in an alternate 1960s where the Axis powers won World War II.
And it was just the beginning in a recent surge in “newly relevant” and timely TV shows that took on new meaning after the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The Man in the High Castle kicked off a spate of fictional TV shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, whose stories were conceived long before the White House was even a glimmer in Trump’s eye. But these science-fiction and fantasy stories, at first cautionary or highly theoretical tales, now take on an eerie prescience as fiction and reality collide on the small screen.
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