Freeform has greenlit a Black-ish spinoff starring Yara Shahidi. From Black-ish created Kenya Barris, College-ish will follow the Johnson's oldest daughter Zoey as she begins college and quickly learns that things won't always go her way.
“College-ish” is described as a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Deon Cole will co-star with Shahidi, reprising his “Black-ish” role of Charlie, who moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor. The rest of the core cast will be new characters and actors, not seen in the flagship series, both in the administration and student body who all reflect the complex and hilarious points of views on college campuses.
ABC, which airs Black-ish, passed on the spinoff, citing it was too young for its audience. It's sister network Freeform then picked up the new series. The network's EVP of programming and development, Karey Burke, said, “Our goal at Freeform is to celebrate the power, possibility, and inclusivity of youth culture through our shows...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.”
College-ish is scheduled to debut at the beginning of 2018 with a 13-episode season.
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