According to Hollywood Reporter
The 13-episode comedy starring Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole will premiere in early 2018.
It’s official: ABC’s Black-ish spinoff is moving forward at Freeform.
The younger-skewing Disney-owned network has handed out a 13-episode series order to College-ish, the offshoot starring Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole.
The single-camera comedy will premiere in early 2018. Shahidi’s exit from Black-ish will be addressed next season on the flagship. Cole will continue to float in and out of both shows.
“I never thought they’d let me put Black-ish on the air let alone give me a spinoff. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to continue working with Yara and the rest of this talented young cast,” Black-ish creator Kenya Barris said in a statement. “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.”
College-ish follows the Johnsons’ eldest daughter, Zoey (Shahidi), as she heads to college and discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. The series is described as a contemporary take on the current issues facing students and administrators in the world of higher education. Cole reprises his role as Charlie, who moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor. The series will be populated with currently uncast new characters on the administration and student body side who Freefom says will “reflect the complex and hilarious points of views that populate college campuses.” Barris exec produces alongside Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins. The comedy hails from ABC Studios, with the backdoor pilot that aired this season on Black-ish being written by Barris and Larry Wilmore.