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TCA: ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ About Culture More Than Race, Exec Producers Say

TCA: ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ About Culture More Than Race, Exec Producers SayABC‘s new comedy series Black-ish “celebrates black more as a culture than a race,” executive producer Larry Wilmore told TV critics this afternoon at Summer TV Press Tour 2014.  “At heart it’s a family show,” he said, about a father who feels he has maybe given his kids too much and, in the process, that they’ve lost some of their heritage.

“The show is about a black family – not about a family that happens to be black,” creator Kenya Barris explained, but the issues would also be relevant if the characters were Jewish, Latino, Asian, etc. Anthony Anderson stars as an upper-middle-class man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids.
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Anthony Anderson Hosting Food Network’s ‘Food Fest Nation’

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT

Anthony Anderson Hosting Food Network’s ‘Food Fest Nation’Anthony Anderson (The Departed, Law & Order) will be hosting the new Food Network series Food Fest Nation, which will air on Monday, July 21 at 9 pm ET/PT.  Anderson will tour food festivals around the country, spotlighting regional cuisine.  Stops on Anderson’s fest tour include the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Fla.;  the Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia, Ark. where 4,000-plus  kinds of ribeye steaks compete for a $10,000 prize, as well as the Long Grove Strawberry Festival in Long Grove, Ill. where the specialty menu items are strawberry ricotta ravioli and strawberry balsamic chicken. Anderson previously competed on Chopped and appeared as a judge and competitor on Iron Chef America. This fall, he stars and produces the upcoming ABC sitcom Black-ish. Anderson is repped by UTA, Principato-Young as well as Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.

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Tracee Ellis Ross To Co-Star In Anthony Anderson Pilot; Ricky Blitt Pilot Adds One

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 5:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Girlfriends alumna Tracee Ellis Ross is set to startracee3 opposite Anthony Anderson in his untitled ABC pilot (formerly Black-ish) from ABC Studios, Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. The single-camera comedy 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. Ross is repped by Impression, Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller.

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bassett1Australian actress Natasha Bassett has rounded out the cast of Fox’s half-hour pilot from writer Ricky Blitt, Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson. It centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man (Jon Heder)  she gets married — and her new husband (David James Elliott) and his three teenage children move in. Bassett plays Emma, a pretty and smart but rebellious 17-year-old who’s upset her dad (Elliott) remarried so quickly after her mother’s death. Bassett, repped by 3 Arts and Shanahan in Australia, appeared in NBC’s Camp.

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Laurence Fishburne Set For ABC’s Anthony Anderson Pilot; Jade Catta-Preta Joins Jeff Lowell Comedy

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 2:20pm PST

fishburne1Laurence Fishburne has closed a deal as a recurring for ABC’s untitled Anthony Anderson pilot (formerly Black-ish) from ABC Studios, Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. Written by Kenya Barris (The Game) and loosely based on his personal experiences, the single-camera comedy 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. Fishburne, repped by Paradigm and Landmark Artists Management, will play the dad.

Jade Catta-Preta (China, IL, Daddy Knows Best) jade1has signed on as a series regular in My Thoughts Exactly (aka untitled Jeff Lowell), the ABC comedy pilot from Lowell and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. ABC Studios, where Brillstein is under a TV deal, is producing. Written/exec produced by Lowell  (John Tucker Must Die), the half-hour is described as a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. Catta-Preta will play the role of Amy, Dana’s (Analeigh Tipton) former sorority sister who plays guitar, teaches yoga out of her apartment and trained to be a pastry chef at the Cordon Bleu. Jake McDorman also stars. Catta-Preta is repped by APA and Levity Entertainment Group.

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Anthony Anderson To Host NAACP Image Awards; Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry Among Presenters

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 9:30am PST

imageawards1LOS ANGELES (Feb. 10, 2014) — The NAACP and TV One announced today that Anthony Anderson will serve as host for the 45th NAACP Image Awards and the first group of presenters confirmed include Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Michael Ealy, Tony Goldwyn, Arsenio Hall, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Octavia Spencer, Archie Panjabi, Dennis Haysbert, Rickey Smiley, Nicole Beharie, and Lou Gossett Jr. The 45th NAACP Image Awards will broadcast LIVE from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed as a two-hour star-studded special on TV One.

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ABC’s Anthony Anderson/Kenya Barris Pilot Taps Larry Wilmore As Showrunner

By | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 2:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

wilmoreWhat do you do when you have a show about what it means to be black in today’s society that is in a need of a showrunner? You turn to an expert. ABC’s untitled Anthony Anderson/Kenya Barris comedy pilot (formerly Black-ish) has tapped The Daily Show’s senior black correspondent Larry Wilmore as executive producer/showrunner. Written by Barris and loosely based on his personal experiences, the project 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. Wilmore tackled similar issues on his Fox comedy series The Bernie Mac Show. The Anderson/Barris pilot hails from ABC Studios, Laurence Fishburne‘s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young, with Wilmore executive producing alongside Anderson, Barris, Cinema Gypsy’s Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Tom Russo as well as PYE’s Peter Principato, Paul Young and Brian Dobbins. Fishburne may also guest star.

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Comedy Starring Anthony Anderson From Laurence Fishburne Gets ABC Pilot Order

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 KenyaBarrisconstant 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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