Freeform is headed back to class. This week, the network announced production has begun on season two of Grown-ish.
A spin-off of Black-ish, the comedy centers on Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi), as she leaves the home of her parents, Dre and Rainbow (Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross), and heads off to college. The cast also includes Deon Cole, Francia Raisa, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Jordan Buhat, Luka Sabbat, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell, and Emily Arlook.
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Today, Freeform announced the start of production on season two of the critically acclaimed comedy series “grown-ish.” From “black-ish” executive producer Kenya Barris, “grown-ish” is a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Produced by ABC Signature Studios and executive produced by Kenya Barris, Julie Bean, Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry, Craig Doyle, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins, season two of “grown-ish” is set to debut in January 2019.
Reprising their roles after a stellar freshman season are Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Trevor Jackson as Aaron Jackson, Francia Raisa as Ana Torres, Emily Arlook as Nomi Segal, Jordan Buhat as Vivek Shah and Deon Cole as “Professor Charles Telphy.”
Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey, real-life sisters who starred as twins and the sporty-savants Jazz Forster and Sky Forster, have been upped to series regulars. Their fan-favorite characters were a staple in the friend group throughout the first season, tackling topical conversations including dating as black women and the cutthroat world of college athletics. Outside of acting, the duo are Chloe x Halle, musical prodigies currently opening for Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s “On The Run II” tour. Their debut album, “The Kids Are Alright” (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records), includes “Grown,” the theme song for “grown-ish,” which they co-wrote.
Luka Sabbat also returns as a series regular for season two portraying Luca Hall, a mellow and fashion-forward classmate of Zoey’s. While his methods are unconventional and subtle, he vies for Zoey’s affection throughout the first season. Sabbat is an actor, model, influencer, stylist and creative entrepreneur best known for collaborating with some of fashion’s top brands and designers, as well as curating his own style and name in the fashion world. Most notable among his endeavors is “Hot Mess,” a collaboration which profiles young people of various backgrounds, photographed in unfamiliar situations.
Finally, reprising his role as Doug is musical artist, rapper and actor Diggy Simmons in a recurring role for season two. Also known for starring in MTV’s “Run’s House” alongside father Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, he quickly became a fandom favorite for his character’s relationship with Jazz Forster. Simmons recently released his latest single “It Is What It Is,” off of his highly anticipated sophomore album that will be released later this fall, and continues to rise as a style icon.
Freeform’s “grown-ish” ranks as the network’s No. 1 show this year among Adults 18-34, Women18-34, Adults 18-49, Women 18-49, Persons 12-34 and Females 12-34. In addition, “grown-ish” is the No. 1 comedy on cable this year in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34.
In its debut season, “grown-ish” averaged 2.09 million Adults 18-49 per episode across all platforms within the first 35 days availability, marking the highest total ever for a new Freeform series. In fact, viewership on non-linear platforms for “grown-ish” through 7 days provided a massive +102% lift over the series’ Live +7 day linear ratings. “grown-ish” also drew 3.06 million Total Viewers in its first season based on viewing across all platforms through 35 days.