You probably know one of those people who often says, "They should make a TV show about my family" -- or maybe you're that person. Either way, ABC's new show, black-ish, could very well be that show. From writer Kenya Barris (The Game) and executive producer Larry Wilmore (Bernie Mac) comes black-ish, a new comedy about balancing old-school family values with modern-day success.
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You can watch black-ish WEDNESDAYS 9:30|8:30c this fall, and you can get a sneak peek with our trailer above. In the meantime, here are five reasons to get excited for the show.
1. Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson, who stars as Andre 'Dre' Johnson, has been honing his comedic chops in TV and movies for almost 20 years. In the scene above, he reacts to his oldest son's plan to swap his religion so he can have a party. His blend of hilarious skepticism for times that are quickly changing and exuberant love for his family makes for a ton of conflict and a lot of comedy.
2. A Family You Can Relate To
Got kids? Then you're likely familiar with their unique set of goals and desires -- which usually conflict with just about everything you had planned for them. Got a parent who second-guesses just about everything you do to deal with those situations? Well, Dre and his wife have both those things too, so much of this show is going to seem quite familiar. Maybe a little too familiar!
3. Laurence Fishburne
Left to right: Dre (Anthony Anderson) and his father, Pops (Laurence Fishburne)
Academy Award nominee and Tony and Emmy award-winner Laurence Fishburne (who played Morpheus in The Matrix) plays Dre's father. 'Nuff said.
4. An Honest Discussion About Culture
black-ish is a show about finding an identity in a culture that's becoming ever more homogenous even as it gets more and more diverse. No matter where you're from, what you look like, or where you live, you're living in a country where times have likely changed since you were a kid. So how do you adjust? Do you embrace the new, or stick to the old?
Dre is going to have to do a little of both. And it's going to be pretty funny along the way as he learns to make those adjustments.
5. It's Hilarious
Why else would you watch a comedy, right? Whether it's Dre reacting to his oldest son's interest in field hockey, the antics of his unbelievably cute and precocious daughter Diane, the perfect saying-everything-while-saying-nothing face of Dre's wife Rainbow, played by Tracee Ellis Ross (Diana Ross's daughter...no big deal), this show is loaded with insightful humor and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. We think it's a perfect follow-up to Modern Family, and we'll see you WEDNESDAYS 9:30|8:30c this fall!