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“black-ish” is gearing up for its fourth season and we’ve got a few details about what fans can expect from the hit ABC comedy series.
The show’s creator, Kenya Barris, reveals during the 2017 Summer TCA Tour that the season four premiere episode will begin with Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his family dealing with slave relations in the country and how they’re still relevant today.
“Slavery in this country kind of just ended… there was never really a reset button,” Kenya said. “There’s never been one prosecutable case against slavery because it was just something that ended. If you’re Jewish in America, the Holocaust was a horrible thing.. there’s a face put to that evil.. there was a criminality put to that. The idea from the people who were the descendants [of slaves] was that there’s never really been a true apology.”
We can’t wait to see how the show tackles the issue. “black-ish” does an incredible job tackling touchy subjects while serving up facts and funnies.
Kenya also revealed the new season will open with a musical element as an “homage to Hamilton” centered around the Juneteenth celebration.
“Juneteenth… to be fair, if that was the last day when slavery was officially abolished [in the U.S.], isn’t that really Independence Day?”, Barris pondered. “How can we have an independence before everyone is independent and everyone’s free.” He added, “It came from that notion that we have to own our own stuff, whatever that stuff. You can’t expect someone else to take it seriously until you take it seriously. We wanted to really have a statement to America.”
Doesn’t get any blacker than this! The new season of “black-ish” premieres Tuesday, October 3rd at 9/8c.
“How To Get Away With Murder” is getting a new special star.
Lead star Viola Davis will welcome her husband Julius Tennon to join the hit crime drama. No word yet on his character, but he’ll be appearing in a guest-starring role. Aww. That’s cute!
The couple also runs their own production company, JuVee Productions, together. BOSS!
In other Shondaland news...
New promo art was just released for the final season of “Scandal.” And it looks like it’s going to be a dark season in the nation’s capital.
The art was revealed at the TCA’s, which shows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) sitting on a bench as the moonlight shines down as she looks off at the Washington Monument and the Capital Building.
It’s the finale season, so we can expect all types of twists and turns to go down as Olivia Pope tries to save the world.
“Scandal” will make it’s final return on October 5th at 9pm EST on ABC.
Other YBFers who hit the carpet at the TCA's:
Alfonso Ribeiro will host “America’s Funniest Home Videos” for a new season.
New dad Malcolm-Jamal Warner has joined "Ten Days in the Valley" as a series regular, which is expected to debut October 1st at 10/9c.
He was joined on the carpet by his co-stars, including Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The cast of the new series “The Mayor” were all smiles on the carpet, including Marcel Spears, Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bernard David Jones and Daveed Diggs.
You can catch the series about a rapping mayor when the show premieres October 3rd at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
Hill Harper, who is also a new dad, was front and center alongside his co-star Antonia Thomas to chat about his new upcoming show, "The Good Doctor," set to debut Septemeber 25th at 10/9c on ABC.
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