Sure, you haven’t had finals yet, but are you ready for next semester? Freeform has announced its Grown-ish TV show will debut on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:00pm ET. Although it is a half-hour sitcom, the Black-ish spinoff’s TV series premiere is a one hour episode.
A live-action comedy, Grown-ish stars Yara Shahidi as college freshman Zoey Johnson — a role she originated on ABC‘s Black-ish. The Freeform TV show also stars Trevor Jackson as Aaron Jackson; Jordan Buhat as Vivek Shah; Emily Arlook as Nomi Segal; Francia Raisa as Ana Torres; Chris Parnell as Dean Parker; and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy. Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, and Luka Sabbat will recur in season one.
Learn more from this Freeform press release.
FREEFORM DOUBLES DOWN ON THE LAUGHS WITH BRAND-NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT
COMEDY BLOCK; “GROWN-ISH” KICKS OFF WITH SPECIAL
TWO-EPISODE SEASON PREMIERE ON JAN. 3,
WITH ‘ALONE TOGETHER’ FOLLOWING THE WEEK AFTER ON JAN. 10
NETWORK WILL LAUNCH EXPANDED LINEUP FOR 2018 WITH FOUR BRANDED NIGHTS
OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, today
announced the premiere dates for its highly anticipated comedies
“grown-ish” and “Alone Together.” Starting January 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST,
catch the one-hour debut of “grown-ish” from executive producer Kenya
Barris and starring “black-ish” actress Yara Shahidi reprising her role as
“Zoey.” The following week on January 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST, catch the
premiere of “Alone Together,” the irreverent buddy comedy from executive
producers Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, starring
comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo.
The network announced an expanded lineup with four branded nights of
original series. In addition to Freeform’s Wednesday night comedy block,
the network will roll out various programming blocks over the next few
months as outlined below:
• Monday nights will consist of unscripted originals kicking off with the
series premiere of “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” in the spring.
• Tuesday nights will be dedicated to original dramas beginning Q1 with
“The Fosters,” leading into “Shadowhunters” on April 3. “The Bold Type” and
“Famous in Love” will carry out the drama block for the remainder of the
• Thursday nights will exclusively consist of genre programming beginning
January 18 with the two-hour season premiere of “Beyond,” leading into the
March 29 premiere of “Siren.” Thursday nights will also be home to
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.”
“At Freeform, we are committed to our audience; and this past year, we
refined our programming strategy to be a destination for trendsetting
originals that champion youth culture,” said Tom Ascheim, president,
Freeform. “Our upcoming slate is our biggest, boldest and most diverse ever
— we look forward to making each show its own event and delivering
empowering and entertaining originals to our viewers.”
Wednesday’s comedy block kicks off with “grown-ish,” a half-hour comedy
tackling current social issues and complexities facing both students and
administrators; it follows Zoey, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s
(Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active
17-year-old daughter from ABC’s Emmy®-nominated comedy
“black-ish,” as she heads into her freshman year of college.
Yara Shahidi (“black-ish”) will continue to play Zoey Johnson, Trevor
Jackson (“Burning Sands,” “American Crime”) as Aaron Jackson, Jordan Buhat
(“Summer of ‘84”) as Vivek Shah, Emily Arlook (“The Good Place,” “Hand of
God”) as Nomi Segal, Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American
Teenager”) as Ana Torres, Chris Parnell (“SNL”) as Dean Parker and Deon
Cole (“black-ish”) as Charlie Telphy. Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey and Luka
Sabbat also recur in the series. Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence
Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins are executive producers. The
series is produced by ABC Signature Studios.
“Alone Together” stars stand-up comedians Povitsky (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and named Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch in 2017”) and
Aflalo (“Not Safe with Nikki Glaser”) as two overlooked millennial misfits
from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and
status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. These two only find salvation in
their male/female strictly platonic friendship. Throughout the season
Esther and Benji’s misadventures include shooting their own music video,
standing in line for a Lip Kit Pop Up and even trying their hand at
retirement life. Regardless of the escapade, you can be sure in their own
warped way they will have each other’s backs while calling each other on
their nonsense in a way that only best friends can.
“Alone Together” is created by Povitsky, Aflalo and Eben Russell (“Girl
Boss”), who serve as writers and executive producers. Andy Samberg, Jorma
Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Becky Sloviter and Hunter Covington also serve as
Part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, Freeform connects to audiences and
goes beyond entertainment with bold original programming and immersive
social engagement. As Disney’s young adult television and streaming
network, it delivers a unique mix of quality original and acquired series,
plus fan-favorite movies and the holiday events “13 Nights of Halloween”
and “25 Days of Christmas.” The Freeform app is a service that allows
viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live
viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access via a wide
array of devices.
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What do you think? Are you a Black-ish fan? Do you plan to check out Freeform’s Grown-ish TV series? Let us know, below.