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"grown-ish!" Yara Shahidi (@YaraShahidi) Is Sorta Grown Up in "black-ish" (@black_ishABC) Spin-Off

We love Yara Shahidi! This beautiful young actress is really making waves in Hollywood and we are loving every minute of her rise to the top. Part of that ascension will be starring in her own series, grown-ish, the name of her very own black-ish backdoor pilot spin-off!

As you saw in a last season when Yara’s character, Zoe Johnson, attended a weekend of student orientation at her college.

via Deadline:

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Saturday Night Live alum Chris ParnellEmily Arlook (The Good Place), and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) have been tapped as series regulars on the comedy, joining previously cast Shahidi and Deon Cole. Parnell and Jackson will reprise the roles they originated in the planted spinoff episode of black-ish, while Arlook plays the role originally played in the black-ish episode by Mallory Sparks.

The series, from ABC Signature Studios, will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App .grown-ish follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Deon Cole plays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Arlook plays Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no holds barred attitude. Parnell plays the dean of Southern California University. Jackson will portray a socially-conscious sophomore at Southern California University.

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“grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer Kenya Barris. “Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series. grown-ish is one of two upcoming single-camera comedy series on Freeform, along with Alone Together.

Congratulations Yara we cannot wait for your grown-ish’s debut!

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We love Yara Shahidi! This beautiful young actress is really making waves in Hollywood and we are loving every minute of her rise to the top. Part of that ascension will be starring in her own series, grown-ish, the name of her very own black-ish backdoor pilot spin-off!

As you saw in a last season when Yara’s character, Zoe Johnson, attended a weekend of student orientation at her college.

via Deadline:

grown-ish freeform logo

Saturday Night Live alum Chris ParnellEmily Arlook (The Good Place), and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) have been tapped as series regulars on the comedy, joining previously cast Shahidi and Deon Cole. Parnell and Jackson will reprise the roles they originated in the planted spinoff episode of black-ish, while Arlook plays the role originally played in the black-ish episode by Mallory Sparks.

The series, from ABC Signature Studios, will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App .grown-ish follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Deon Cole plays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Arlook plays Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no holds barred attitude. Parnell plays the dean of Southern California University. Jackson will portray a socially-conscious sophomore at Southern California University.

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Freeform Gets Grown With ‘grown-ish’ (Formerly ‘college-ish’), Emily Arlook, Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson ..

“grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer Kenya Barris. “Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series. grown-ish is one of two upcoming single-camera comedy series on Freeform, along with Alone Together.

Congratulations Yara we cannot wait for your grown-ish’s debut!

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YESSS! Netflix’s Chewing Gum Gets A Third Season!

Just when we thought we were saying farewell to Netflix’s hit series, Chewing Gum, writer and star, Michaela Coel informs us that the series is NOT cancelled and will return for a third season!

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Just when we thought we were saying farewell to Netflix’s hit series, Chewing Gum, writer and star, Michaela Coel informs us that the series is NOT cancelled and will return for a third season!

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Earlier this year Michaela stated the series was ending, citing the show had reached its creative peek. However, just today she revealed the good news about Chewing Gum via Twitter.

She went on to say she never talked to any publication or journalist about the future of the series.

Honestly, we really do not care who said what! We are just glad one of our favorite series is coming back for a third season. The world would be a much less funny place without Tracey Gordon and the rest of her motley crew! There is no word on a premiere date for the new season, but we will keep you posted!

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[VIDEO] #Mayhem! We TV’s (@WEtv) New Reality Series, “The Black Book” Cast Fight!

WE TV is definitely home to some of television’s most popular reality series. Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary, Cutting It In The ATL, and Marriage Boot Camp are just a few of them.

However, we happened to be on set of the pilot of WE TV’s latest reality series, The Black Book, and we have to say it was lit!

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WE TV is definitely home to some of television’s most popular reality seriesBraxton Family Values, Mary Mary, Cutting It In The ATL, and Marriage Boot Camp are just a few of them.

However, we happened to be on set of the pilot of WE TV’s latest reality series, The Black Book, and we have to say it was lit!

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The Black Book is based on a group of Atlanta authors either making moves in the book industry or beginning to make their mark. The cast consists of virtually unknown authors, but each of them have work and credentials behind their names. Last night, the pilot of the series was filmed in East Atlanta at an event, celebrating the book debut of one the cast members known as Shan. The event started off very peaceful, with most of the guests taking pictures with Shan, networking, and enjoying hors d’oeuvres.

In “real” reality show fashion things quickly became volatile. Apparently a group of women led by another cast member showed up at Shan’s event and quickly became loud and disrespectful. Despite others’ attempts to quell the nonsense mayhem quickly ensued and spilled over into the streets! The police became involved, but we managed to grab this quick video from the fight. Check it out below!

Crazy right? Well we can assure you no one was arrested, but we were there for PR work when all of this broke out. We hope the show will be balanced in its portrayal of the authors, especially with them being Black authors (and our very own Mikey knowing two of them personally off camera). We have enough ratchet reality shows free flowing throughout the Metro Atlanta area. What do you guys think? Will you be tuning in to The Black Book? Just think, this is the pilot episode!

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New Marvel Shows Leave Netflix (@netflix) for New Disney (@Disney) Streaming Service!

This has been one busy week for Disney!

The beloved company that serves as the home of iconic characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck has been making power plays by attempting to add 21st Century Fox shows and movies to its roster, and is now announcing ALL future Marvel shows will air exclusively on a new Disney streaming service!

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This has been one busy week for Disney!

The beloved company that serves as the home of iconic characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck has been making power plays by attempting to add 21st Century Fox shows and movies to its roster, and is now announcing ALL future Marvel shows will air exclusively on a new Disney streaming service!

via JoBlo.com

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Several months ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company would be launching its very own streaming service which is expected to launch in 2019. Disney also revealed their intention to produce their own original content for the service, including films and TV series, which leaves Netflix’s Disney produced Marvel shows in an awkward position.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (via /Film), any future Marvel shows will play exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, and although there’s no word on whether Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher will be following them, it’s probably a good bet that they will at some point. The WSJ also confirms that Disney’s attempt to purchase much of Twentieth Century Fox was part of their plan to compete with Netflix. “[W]e’ve turned our attention to the one platform seeing growth challenges,” Disney Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Mayer said in the WSJ article. “That’s the television platform.” Had the Fox deal gone ahead, it would have given Disney control of much of Fox’s TV shows, which they likely would have then moved over to their streaming service. Mayer added that he doesn’t think of Disney’s new service as “an anti-Netflix move,” but rather as a “pro-Disney move.” Bringing all of Disney’s movies and TV shows under one roof won’t be cheap, as the WSJ claims that it will end up costing Disney more then $300 million a year.

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Honestly we do not care where the new Marvel shows air as long as Disney keeps making them! It is rumored that new superheroes getting their own shows on Disney’s streaming service will include Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, and Ms. Marvel. We will keep you posted!

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