Freeform Gets Grown With Grown-ish (Formerly College-ish)

Emily Arlook, Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson join the show as series regulars.


Freeform adds three series regulars to grown-ish, a spin-off of ABC’s award-winning hit series “black-ish,” starring breakout star Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson from ABC Signature Studios. The 13 episode single-camera comedy will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App available on connected TV, mobile devices and online.

Emily Arlook (“The Good Place,” “Hand of God”), Chris Parnell (“Saturday Night Live”) and Trevor Jackson (“Burning Sands,” “American Crime”) join the previously announced cast of Yara Shahidi (“black-ish”) and Deon Cole (“black-ish”), with additional casting to be announced.

"grown-ish reflects what we'll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you're not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer, Kenya Barris. “Where "black-ish" examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

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grown-ish follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Yara is joined by ”black-ish”'s Deon Cole (Charlie), who moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor, as well as funny new characters both in the administration and student body who all reflect the complex and hilarious points of views that populate college campuses.

Emily will portray Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no holds barred attitude. Chris will portray the dean of Southern California University. Trevor will portray a freshman at Southern California University.

From “black-ish” executive producer Kenya Barris comes a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education.

Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series.

grown-ish joins Freeform’s expanding original comedy slate including Young & Hungry, starring Emily Osment, along with recently announced comedies Alone Together, starring Benji Aflalo and Esther Povitsky, and Marvel’s New Warriors, starring Milana Vayntrub and Derek Theler, both set to premiere in 2018.

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