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[03/25/14 - 10:35 PM]
2014 ABC Program Development Guide - Comedy Series
ABC details its 12 comedy pilots under consideration for next season.

[03/03/14 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 3
Updates include: Rob Brown to find "Salvation" for NBC; Bryan Singer signs on to helm "Battle Creek" at CBS; and Stacey McGunnigle tapped as lead on NBC's "Ellen More or Less."

[02/19/14 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 19
Updates include: Debra Messing to lead "The Mysteries of Laura" at NBC; Terrence Howard to run FOX's "Empire"; and Paget Brewster boards ABC's "Saint Francis."

[02/10/14 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Monday, February 10
Updates include: Nick Zano to get "One Big Happy" at NBC; Tom Cavanagh cast in The CW's "The Flash"; and Kevin Alejandro lands role on ABC's "Clementine."

[01/31/14 - 11:42 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 31
Updates include: David Schwimmer to get "Irreversible" at ABC; Grace Gummer boards "Extant" at CBS; and Matt McGorry is the first cast on ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder."

[01/16/14 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 16
Updates include: ABC gives pilot order to Anthony Anderson-led "Black-ish"; Fortune Feimster joins FOX's "Cabot College"; and John Wirth to lead "Highway to Heaven" revival at A&E.

[10/09/13 - 11:20 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 9
Updates include: Lauren Ambrose to topline Lifetime's "Deliverance Creek"; NBC eyes reboot of 1980s staple "Remington Steele"; Kate Walsh, Joey King and Josh Close board FX's "Fargo."







BLACK-ISH (ABC)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
10/9/13 - 3/25/14
STATUS:
currently in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, March 2014) Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) is about to be promoted to Vice President of Relevant Advertising. He and his physician wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), are living the American dream: great careers, four beautiful kids, and a Colonial home in an upper middle class neighborhood. However, Dre starts to see his perfect life differently when he discovers that he's being promoted to "Urban" VP at his firm and in the same week, his son announces that he wants to have a Bar Mitzvah. All of a sudden it hits Dre: Has success brought too much assimilation? Is his family of out of touch with their own identity? Dre's opinionated, old school father, Pops (Laurence Fishburne), and his liberal wife have very different opinions about how Dre should handle the promotion and Dre Jr.'s birthday request. But Dre has it all under control. In order to prove that he hasn't lost touch with his roots, he presents an extreme version of an "Urban" marketing campaign at work that raises more than a few eyebrows. He also decides to throw an African Rites of Passage ceremony for his mortified son. Ultimately, Dre's family helps him realize that the best way to live is by embracing the new while honoring the past. He decides to throw his son a hip hop Bro Mitzvah and the successful event inspires him to create a multicultural ad campaign that wows everyone at the office. Living the American dream isn't easy, but Dre is determined to find a way to hold onto his cultural identity while embracing a new future in this comedy that is written and loosely based on the life of Kenya Barris (The Game), and executive produced by Larry Wilmore (Bernie Mac).
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anthony Anderson as Dre
· Caila Martin as TBA
· Laurence Fishburne as Pops
· Marcus Scribner as TBA
· Miles Brown as TBA
· Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow
· Yara Shahidi as Zoey
CREW INFORMATION:
· ??? as DIR (Pilot)
· Anthony Anderson as EP
· Brian Dobbins as EP
· Helen Sugland as EP
· Kenya Barris as CRTR/EP
· Larry Wilmore as EP
· Laurence Fishburne as EP
· Paul Young as EP
· Peter Principato as EP
· Tom Russo as EP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios
· Cinema Gypsy Productions
· Principato-Young Entertainment