A spinoff of “Black-ish” following Yara Shahidi’s character as she goes to college won’t be on ABC next season. But it will make it on the air thanks to a different part of the Disney family.
Freeform has picked up the show, currently titled “College-ish,” for a 13-episode run in 2018. “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris will also oversee the spinoff.
“I never thought they’d let me put ‘Black-ish’ on the air, let alone give me a spinoff,” Barris says in a statement. “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.”
The spinoff was introduced in the May 3 episode of “Black-ish,” “Liberal Arts.” It followed Zoey Johnson (Shahidi) to college for orientation, where she discovered her father’s co-worker Charlie (Deon Cole) is an adjunct professor of marketing.
Cole will also be part of “College-ish.” The “Liberal Arts” episode also featured Chris Parnell, Matt Walsh, Trevor Jackson and Mallory Sparks; it’s unclear if they’ll be regulars in the series.
Barris and Larry Wilmore wrote “Liberal Arts.” Barris, “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producing “College-ish.”