Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New ‘Black-ish’ Spin-off ‘Old-ish’ to Star Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis

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Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne/Black-ish

*A new “Black-ish” spin-off is in the works over at ABC, this time focusing on the elders in the Johnson family. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new show titled “Oldish” will center on Earl “Pops” Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) and Ruby Johnson (Jenifer Lewis).  This would mark the fourth installment of the “Black-ish” franchise, after “Grown-ish,” and “Mixed-ish.” The original series stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross

THR writes that the elder Johnsons will “move to a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Los Angeles” and it’s there that they’ll “meet characters who represent the old and new faces of the community as they try to make it work as a married couple again.” 

READ MORE: Controversial Season 4 Episode of ‘Black-ish’ Was Banned for Years, Now Available on Hulu


“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris will write and executive produce the new series. 

Meanwhile, season 7 of “Black-ish” is set to air on ABC on October 4. “Mixed-ish” can also be found on ABC, while Freeform airs “Grown-ish.”

Last month, Barris confirmed that audiences will finally get to see a previously shelved episode from “Black-ish,” which the network banned over two years because it was deemed anti-Trump.

The episode titled “Please, Baby, Please” from season 4, is now available for fans to watch on Hulu.

“On November 2017, we made an episode of black-ish entitled ‘Please, Baby, Please,’” Barris wrote in the post. “We were one year post-election and coming to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, grappling with the state of our country and anxious about its future,” he continued.

“Those feelings poured onto the page, becoming 22 minutes of television that I was, and still am, incredibly proud of. ‘Please, Baby, Please’ didn’t make it to air that season and, while much has been speculated about its contents, the episode has never been seen publicly… until now.”

A 2018 synopsis of the episode read: “Dre is on baby duty for the night during a storm, and the household is wide awake. He decides to read a crying Devante a bedtime story, but when that doesn’t do the trick, Dre tosses it aside and begins to tell a story of his own about the current state of the country in a way Devante will understand, on a special episode…”

ABC claims the episode was pulled over creative differences with Barris. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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