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COMING SOON: Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson & Laurence Fishburne's Star In ABC Sitcom "Black-ish" + VH1 ORDERS Tyra Banks' Docuseries "TRANSAMERICA"


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Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne star in the new ABC sitcom "Black-ish."  Watch the pilot inside and get the deets on Tyra Bank's new docuseries Transamerica.

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Although ABC Networks has a checkered past when it comes to Black-family sitcoms (My Wife and Kids, Sister, Sisters, Family Matters) they are dipping their toes back in the water this fall with Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross in "Black-ish."

The new family sitcom was announced yesterday during the ABC Upfronts. According to the show's Facebook page, "Black-ish" is "an all-new ABC comedy about staying true to your roots, while finding yourself!" Here's a synopsis:

Black-ish will follow an upper-middle class black man, intent on raising his kids with some sense of cultural identity, in the face of an assault of constant contradictions and obstacles coming from various directions, insisting that his children be color-blind.

The show is scripted by Kenya Barris and produced by Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy production company. Kenya, who loosely based the show on his life, added,

“I decided to do this project when I looked up and realized that everywhere I go I’m constantly the fly in buttermilk... I’m usually THE Black guy at work. We’re THE Black family in the neighborhood. My kids are basically THE Black kids at school. I think it’s kind of a situation of be careful what you wish for. It’s almost in like moving on up, I’ve sort of priced myself “out” of being Black."

"Black-ish" will air Wednesdays at 9:30|8:30c this Fall on ABC!

Watch the "Black-ish" trailer:


Coming to VH1.....

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Tyra Banks (shown above with her mom at the 2014 Flawsome Ball) is bringing a new docuseries to VH1.  Exec producer Tyra, alongside and Gay Rosenthal have created “TransAmerica” (working title), "chronicling a group of beautiful Chicago women united by the shared experience of being transgender" for VH1. Viewers will follow these women as they navigate dating, family and professional ambitions on their own terms.  Tyra said,

"TransAmerica’ is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.”

Carmen Carrera, one of the stars of "Transamerica" adds, "Being a woman means everything to me. Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story."

The 8-episode, 60-min series is scheduled to premiere in late 2014 or early 2015.


Photos Tyra Bank's Instagram/ABC/Getty/Pacific Coast News

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