Yay, we have a deal! Freeform has officially ordered 13 episodes to the Yara Shahidi comedy College-ish (working title), a spinoff of ABC’s Black-ish. The much-anticipated comedy, also starring Deon Cole (who portrays the eccentric and unpredictable, Charlie on Black-ish), is set to premiere in 2018.
From Black-ish executive producer Kenya Barris, College-ish follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Per Deadline, the series is described as a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Cole’s Charlie, who announced on a college-themed episode of Black-ish that he moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor, will continue his tenure at the spin-off. Audiences will meet new characters both in the administration and student body — including Chris Parnell, Matt Walsh, and Trevor Jackson — who reflect the complex and hilarious points of view that populate college campuses.
“I never thought they’d let me put Black-ish on the air, let alone give me a spin-off,” said Barris. “I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to continue working with Yara and the rest of this talented young cast. 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.”
While College-ish was determined to be too-young for ABC, it fit right with the millennial demographic of its cable sibling Freeform. Think of it as a millennial version of A Different World.
“Our goal at Freeform is to celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture through our shows,” said Karey Burke, the network’s EVP Programming & Development. “Kenya Barris blazes new trails in the funniest way possible with College-ish, and we can’t wait to get schooled by the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who is the perfect addition to our Freeform family.”
Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series, from ABC Studios.
Looking forward to the spin-off series! I, for one, am especially looking forward to the fashionable looks from Zoey on the college campus! She was already so chic during high school, so I know she’s gonna take it up a notch as an adult!