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Black-ish is a new show coming to ABC this fall, and it's got all the makings of a strong series. It has a great cast (including Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne), a strong writing team (including Kenya Barris of The Game), and an interesting premise. The Johnsons are a black family living in a predominantly white, affluent neighborhood. The (satirical) question at the center: Does this make them black... or "black-ish"? Looks like we'll have to catch the show to find out.
The trailer and clips have already raised a few eyebrows. For some viewers, it looks like a regressive project, as it seems to raise questions that The Cosby Show trounced years ago, and without poking fun at the notion. There's also the question of how long a show can run on this premise. Will audiences (black and white) want to tune in every week to watch Papa Johnson stuggle to bring black culture (as he understands it) into his household?
If the sole concept of the series is to showcase the problematics of being black and well-to-do in America, then it may not be successful. But there's a good chance that the trailer is playing a bit sensational. And even if it's not, just because we had the Cosbys did it doesn't mean that race is no longer an issue in America (obviously). If the show is, ultimately, about a family with its own set of unique problems that also appeal to a larger audience, ABC could be on to something.
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It’s Friday! Time to kick back, relax, and get caught up on all of the TV news you missed today while working. And by "working" we mean when you watched YouTube videos, and looked at the clock every five minutes in anticipation for the weekend. Hey no judgement, we totally get it. Tyra Banks is poking fun at her past, a Gossip Girl villain is back on set, and President Obama has a date on The Daily Show. All that and more in today’s tidbits! Fivehead: Being a world-famous supermodel is awesome. Being an awkward teenager? Not so much. Tyra Banks explains, “In high school, if you have glasses, you’re a ‘four eyes’, if you have braces, you’re a ‘metal mouth’ but if you had my forehead? You’re a fivehead,” Banks is looking to channel all that high school angst into a new scripted comedy for ABC called Fivehead. The “smize” enthusiast is co-creating/executive producing the single camera comedy with her childhood friend and co-creater of America’s next Top Model, Kenya Barris. Fivehead will center on Bank’s impressionable teenage years—both at home and in school—as she transitions from an awkward duckling into a fierce swan. [Deadline]
Gossip Girl: Spotted. Kate Cassidy back on the set of Gossip Girl. We last saw Juliet way back in 2010 when she went all psycho on Serena (Blake Lively) and tried to out her for having an affair with a teacher, aka Juliet’s brother. The Arrow starlet is returning to the Upper East Side for the series finale, and—brace yourself—she has a phone in her hand! Could Juliet be Gossip Girl? Discuss. [EW.com]
The Daily Show: President Obama is heading to Comedy Central’s fake news show once again! On October 18, the president will appear as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, two days after his second Presidential debate at New York’s Hofstra University. This will be Obama’s sixth sit down with Stewart, the most recent interview being October 27, 2010. [Deadline]
Wonderland: NBC is hoping to add a bit more of that fairytale craze to their line-up next year. The network is finalizing a deal to purchase Wonderland, a drama set in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland that will be executive produced by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. The series is set years after the book ended and will introduce viewers to a new character, Clara. In an attempt to get her life back on track, Clara enters wonderland and must rage war on the new queen—Alice! Intriguing, no? [Deadline]
F*ck! I’m in my Twenties: NBC is currently developing a half-hour comedy project based on the hilarious Tumblr blog F*ck I’m In My Twenties. Created by 24-year-old Emma Koeing, the blog features quirky doodles to express the perils of being a recent college grad in today’s world. Following in the same theme, the show will feature a twenty-something girl’s experience living in the big city and trying to adjust to living life outside of the classroom. [Deadline]
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