ABC’s comedy Black-ish was very much inspired by the real-life situation of its star, Anthony Anderson. He grew up in Compton, California — yes, the “Straight Outta” hood — but his success as an entertainer has allowed him and his wife to raise their kids in much more lucrative surroundings. So, when the Black-ish kids face issues of cultural identity, they’re often mirroring the cross-cultural experiences Anderson’s kids have faced as they’ve grown up. As an example, Anderson told us the story of how his son, questioning his racial roots, wanted to celebrate his 13th birthday in an unlikely way. (Click on the media bar to hear Anthony Anderson)
At a time when we’re seeing multiple TV shows revived and rebooted, ABC’s comedy Black-ish is daring to do something even more retro: a spin-off! Just like Lisa Bonet left The Cosby Show for A Different World when her character reached college age, Yara Shahidi — who plays Zoey Johnson on Black-ish — has gotten her own show about leaving the nest. Shahidi talked to us about Grown-ish, and she says that while you got to know Zoey pretty well on Black-ish you’ll see a completely different side of her as she adjusts to life away from her family on the new show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Yara Shahidi)
Grown-ish airs Wednesday nights at 8/7c on ABC’s cable sister, Freeform.
ABC’s comedy Black-ish has been a critical success, with two Emmy nominations so far for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show’s star and executive producer, Anthony Anderson, has received three Emmy nominations, and his on-screen wife, Tracee Ellis Ross, has gotten a pair as well. Anderson’s happy that that show has been getting raves from critics and voters, but he’s even more pleased about the reception the show’s been getting from audiences worldwide, because he always felt the show would strike a chord with viewers. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anthony Anderson)
That didn’t take long! IFC gave their new comedy Brockmire a Season 2 pickup before the first episode even aired on the network. Word of mouth spread after the network decided to post the pilot on Video on Demand and social media platforms ahead of the premiere. The show stars Hank Azaria as a disgraced baseball announcer given a second chance after suffering an on-air meltdown following a fracture in his marriage.
After giving renewals to much of their schedule last week, CBS has re-upped Criminal Minds for a 13th season.
USA Network has picked up Colony for a third season. The Josh Holloway–Sarah Wayne Callies series just wrapped up its second season this week. In addition, the network has also picked up Falling Water for a second season.
Netflix has revealed that A Series of Unfortunate Events has been picked up for a third season. The series was picked up for a second season last month.
As expected, FXX has revealed that Man Seeking Woman won’t return for a fourth season. The third season found Jay Baruchel‘s character finding love and eventually marrying his girlfriend Lucy (Katie Findlay), which seeming brought the show about the exaggerated trials and tribulations of a guy’s dating life to its natural conclusion.
TV Line reports that Kingdom will bow out after its third season. The mixed martial-arts series starts Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas. The 10-episode final season is set to premiere on Wednesday, May 3.
MTV has chosen Workaholics star Adam Devine to host the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which will air Sunday, May 7 from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.
You can add comedienne Iliza Shlesinger to the late night competition. Shlesinger will head up the first late-night entry for Freeform titled Truth & Iliza. The weekly show will run six weeks beginning at 10PM ET on Tuesday, May 2. The show finds the comedienne taking on an encompassing question and using audience interaction, field pieces, commentary and jokes to answer the topic of the night.
The Chris Hardwick empire continues to grow. The host of @Midnight, The Wall and Talking Dead will host the six-episode sci-fi series The Awesome Show for NBC. Deadline reports the show will feature scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future.
Comedy Central is getting their nightly lineup back intact. According to TV Line, Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper will head up his own companion series for the network at 11:30PM ET beginning this fall. Earlier this week, the network announced that The President Show, starring Donald Trump impressionist Anthony Atamanuik, will fill the 11:30PM ET slot beginning April 27. The network pushed @Midnight into the 11:30 spot after deciding to cancel Larry Wilmore‘s The Nightly Show last year, but it will shift back to the midnight spot for the network.
Season 7 of American Horror Story has added another Ryan Murphy alum to the ranks. According to TV Line, Billie Lourd, who starred on Murphy’s FOX series Scream Queens, will be part of the upcoming season, however details of her role are being kept under wraps.
Ron Livingston has joined the cast of Dice for its second season. The Showtime comedy centers on the life of Andrew Dice Clay. Deadline reports that Livingston will play Sydney Stein, an entertainment lawyer, who agrees to do a big favor for the comedian but needs Dice’s help when he gets in a scrape himself.
Janet McTeer, a two-time Oscar nominee, has reportedly joined the cast of Marvel’s Jessica Jones for its second season. EW reports that McTeer’s character will have “an enormous impact on Jessica’s life.”
Get ready for Black-ish spinoff featuring Yara Shahidi. The proposed series has started casting, with Shahidi’s character Zoey Johnson heading off to college. Deadline reports Chris Parnell and Matt Walsh have joined the cast as college administrators, while American Crime‘s Trevor Jackson is a fellow freshman. All three will guest star on the episode expected to launch the series later this spring.
The Mindy Project actor Ed Weeks has found his next project, landing a series regular role on FOX’s comedy pilot LA > Vegas. According to TV Line, Weeks will play a frequent traveler on a flight between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The series centers on a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world. It’s being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Dylan McDermott and Kim Matula are also part of the cast.
CBS cleared up a lot of doubt for the fall season, announcing 16 early renewals. Among those scoring pickups are Bull, MacGyver, Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, Superior Donuts, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Madame Secretary, Scorpion, Life in Pieces, Mom, Survivor, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. The eyemark network also announced a two-year renewal for Big Bang Theory earlier in the week, and the already renewed NCIS brings the returning series to 18. The network stated that several series not on the list may still be picked up. Among those with their fates still in the balance are 2 Broke Girls, Criminal Minds, Elementary, The Great Indoors, The Odd Couple, Code Black, Undercover Boss, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Pure Genius, Doubt, Training Day, Ransom and Hunted.
Speaking of network scheduling, FOX has revealed their plans for the summer. The Miss USA Pageant will return to the airwaves on Sunday, May 14. Thursday, May 25 will feature a new block that includes the debuts of an Andy Cohen-hosted Love Connection and the interactive game show Beat Shazam. On Wednesday, May 31, FOX takes you into the kitchen with a block featuring the return of Masterchef and the new seriesThe F Word With Gordon Ramsay. John Cena hosts American Grit, which hits the airwaves on Sunday, June 11, and the following night on Monday, June 12, So You Think You Can Dance gets paired up with the series premiere of Superhuman.
The Daytime Emmys have announced their award nominees for the past year, with CBS’ long-running soap The Young & the Restless leading the pack with 25 nominations, two more than ABC’s General Hospital and CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. The three soaps are joined by NBC’s Days of Our Lives in the Outstanding Drama Series category. Winners will be announced Sunday, April 30 in Pasadena.
The Knick has run out of time! According to TV Line, the Cinemax series will not see a third season. Cast member Chris Sullivan recently stated that he had heard the series was done, and HBO and Cinemax’s president of programming Kary Antholis has confirmed that the Clive Owen-starring series will not be filming any more episodes, choosing instead to focus on their action-based primetime series.
A pair of typically big screen actors are about to venture to television. According to Deadline, Penelope Cruz has joined the cast of Versace: American Crime Story as the sister of the murdered fashion designer. Cruz will star opposite Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss in the limited run series. Meanwhile, Colin Farrell will reunite with Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos for an Amazon series about former U.S. Marine Oliver North and his role in the Iran-Contra affair. Variety reports that Farrell would take on the role of North in the series.
Don’t you love TV reunions? Then you’ll love what Kevin Can Wait is doing for the final two episodes of its freshman year, as Kevin James‘ former King of Queens co-star Leah Remini is set to make a guest turn. According to TV Line, the plot of the two-part finale finds Kevin coming out of retirement to go undercover in an operation in which he and a fellow officer (Remini) pose as husband and wife.
Eliza Dushku is returning to the small screen in a recurring role on a freshman favorite. Dushku will play J.P. Nunnelly, the head of a criminal defense firm, over a three-episode arc on CBS’ Michael Weatherly-starrer, Bull. According to TV Line, there has been discussion of Dushku’s character becoming a full-fledged cast member for the recently renewed series’ Season 2.
John Cho has landed a recurring role on the third season of Hulu’s Difficult People. He’ll appear as Todd, an ad exec who plays the boyfriend of series star Billy Eichner. Season 3 of Difficult People will air this summer.
Speaking of guest spots, you can look for troubled singer Chris Brown appearing on ABC’s Black-ish next week. According to EW, Brown will play a rapper named Rich Youngsta who Dre gets to star in an ad campaign, but Dre is conflicted when Bow and Ruby point out that his work plays on negative stereotypes.
NatGeo has secured a stellar cast for their forthcoming military-based miniseries The Long Road Home. The 8-episode series centers on the events of April 4, 2004, a day known as “Black Sunday” in military circles. That was the day a platoon from the 1st Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas was ambushed in Sadr City in Baghdad. Michael Kelly will star as the Lt. Col. leading a daring rescue operation when the division came under attack. According to the Hollywood Reporter, others starring in the miniseries include Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Noel Fisher, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Jon Beavers, E.J. Bonilla, Ian Quinlan and Darius Homayoun.
Chris Messina will join Amy Adams in HBO’s new eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects. According to Deadline, the series centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams), fresh from a psychiatric hospital stay, who returns home learning of the death of two pre-teen girls. During the course of the investigation, she begins to identify with the victims in the psychological thriller. Messina plays Kansas City detective Richard Willis, who is brought in to provide support to the small town sheriff investigating the deaths, and it’s not long before Willis and Preaker both find themselves on the same path to solve the crimes.
That didn’t take long! Bones star David Boreanaz will move on from the long-running FOX series to head up a new Navy SEAL drama pilot for CBS. According to Deadline, Boreanaz will replace Jim Caviezal as the lead after the actor bowed out of the role after recently being cast. Boreanaz will star as Jason, the leader of a respected assault team. Max Theriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks and Jessica Pare have also been cast in the pilot.
In other casting news, former Judging Amy star Amy Brennemen is set to headline the CBS drama pilot The Get, from 11.22.63 showrunner Bridget Carpenter. The show centers on a group of tireless Internet journalists who pursue unconventional means of reporting in order to uncover injustice. Brad Garrett, Michael Rady, Emayatzay Corinealdi, Alex Fitzalan and Jeananne Goosen are set to co-star.
J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot production company is teaming up with RuPaul for a half-hour dramedy series based around RuPaul’s rise from club kid to one of the most well-known drag queens in the world. Deadline reports the drama will be set in New York City during the ’80s.
Sesame Street will add a new muppet to the show named Julia who is the first character to have autism. Julia first made her debut in the Sesame Street universe in a digital storybook called Sesame Street and Autism: See the Amazing in All Children back in 2015. Julia will make her debut on the children’s show in April.