May 19, 2017 21:25 GMT by deadline.com

‘Black-ish’ Spinoff ‘College-ish’ Starring Yara Shahidi Gets Freeform Series Order

‘Black-ish’ Spinoff ‘College-ish’ Starring Yara Shahidi Gets Freeform Series Order

It's official -- Freeform has closed a deal for a 13-episode order to half-hour single camera comedy College-ish (working title), a spinoff of ABC’s hit series Black-ish, for premiere in 2018.

It’s official — Freeform has closed a deal for a 13-episode order to half-hour single camera comedy College-ish (working title), a spinoff of ABC’s hit series Black-ish, for premiere in 2018.

Starring black-ish breakout Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole, from black-ish executive producer Kenya Barris, College-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. The series is described as a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Cole plays Charlie, who moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor. They’ll be joined by new characters both in the administration and student body who all reflect the complex and hilarious points of views that populate college campuses.

“I never thought they’d let me put ‘black-ish’ on the air let alone give me a spin-off. 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,” said Kenya Barris.

Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series, from ABC Studios. The show was written by Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore.

“Our goal at Freeform is to celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture through our shows,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming & Development, Freeform. “Kenya Barris blazes new trails in the funniest way possible with ‘college-ish’ and we can’t wait to get schooled by the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who is the perfect addition to our Freeform family.”

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