ABC has greenlighted Black-ish, a single-camera comedy pilot starring Anthony Anderson. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, hails from ABC Studios, Laurence Fishburne‘s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. Written by Kenya Barris (The Game) loosely based on his personal experiences, Black-ish centers on an upper-middle-class black man (Anderson) who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. Cinema Gypsy’s Fishburne, his producing partner Helen Sugland and Tom Russo executive produce with Anderson and Barris along with PYE’s Peter Principato, Paul Young and Brian Dobbins. There is no deal in place yet for Fishburne to act, but he had been open to doing guest appearances, and there was an idea for him to play Anderson’s father. Fun fact: The pilot order for Black-ish comes on the same day that Showtime gave a series order to a comedy titled Happyish.
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