ABC‘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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Just like it did with Stephen Colbert nine years ago, Comedy Central and Jon Stewart have gone to the bench of correspondents on The Daily Show to find a host for the post-Daily Show 11:30 PM slot. Senior Black correspondent Larry Wilmore will host a new nightly program, The Minority Report, which will launch in January 2015, following the end of The Colbert Report. (Colbert will be departing Comedy Central at the end of his contract in December to prepare for taking over CBS’ Late Show from David Letterman.) Wilmore also is attached as showrunner of ABC comedy Black-ish, which was just picked up to series. He is expected to complete his obligations, get the show off the ground and help with the transition before segueing to The Minority Report.
Like with The Colbert Report, The Minority Report was created by Jon Stewart and will be produced by his Busboy Prods., with Stewart and Wilmore serving as executive producers. The move, with Stewart continuing to produce both The Daily Show and its companion program, will likely help keep the comedian in the Comedy Central fold when his contract comes up next year.
The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore will be a comedic take on the day’s news. It will feature a panel of voices, which Comedy Central says, as the title suggests, “are currently underrepresented in comedy and television.” Said Stewart: “While Larry Wilmore is a … Read More »
What 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.