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Watch First Full Trailer For 'Black-ish' Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 13, 2014 1:23 PM
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Maybe not since the early to mid-1990s, when Hanging With Mr CooperSister, Sister, and Family Matters were all on air on ABC, have we seen this many shows centered around the lives of black characters on the network, at the same time.

And let's not forget those that have yet to be ordered to series (but just might, as mid-season replacements), including projects from Keenen Ivory WayansKevin HartSheldon Candis and rapper/actor Eve.

ABC is proving to be competition for the likes of BET (as it revamps its lineup with more scripted original material), TV One and other black TV networks.

Here's your first look at footage from one of the new series the network ordered with fall 2014 debuts scheduled - the Kenya Barris half-hour scripted comedy titled Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson, and produced by Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy production company.

Based on Barris' own life (loosely), 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. 

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,” said Barris.

Anderson plays the lead, with Tracee Ellis Ross as his wife, and Fishburne as his father.

Black-ish is produced by Fishburne and his producing partner Helen Sugland, with Tom Russo, Anderson and Barris exec producing, along with Peter Principato, Paul Young and Brian Dobbins

Barris' writing credits also include (Are We There Yet?, Soul Food, Girlfriends, The Game) and he's also co-creator of America's Next Top Model.

Graduating from pilot order to series order is a large step in the right direction. Let's hope the series delivers what its target audience wants, and sticks around for a little while.

Watch the full trailer below:

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  • Russ | August 17, 2014 9:58 AMReply

    Wow! A show called "blackish" that is so sad. I thought this country has moved beyond this. Talk about racism! ABC should be ashamed! We are all equal and should be treated that way not singled out!

  • Anonymous | July 27, 2014 6:25 PMReply

    Anthony Anderson is an as*hole.... The man was accused of raping a woman on the set of one of his movies, clearly he has no respect 4 women or family!!!! #garbage

  • Anonymous | July 27, 2014 10:09 PM

    Anonymous is an as*hole... the woman was accused of fondling little boys at a daycare center. Clearly she has no respect 4 children or family!!! #sh*t-starting-gossip-whore.

    ~Anonymous Prick

  • JJACK554 | July 8, 2014 9:04 PMReply

    Will not watch it won't be on tv

  • jroc | June 6, 2014 7:47 PMReply

    In NY opinion, this is I dangerous line, I do want to support the black actors of Hollywood, but I feel they should be careful with how they do it. The Bernie Mac show was great, Cosby show was wonderful, and this does have potential, but with all the hatred and division in this country resurfacing due to the election of a "black-ish" president (sorry, I had to!!!) This show is not going to help mend racism in this country, but I feel it will help continue to divide our citizens even more. I hope I'm wrong and I wish them success!

  • jroc | June 6, 2014 7:48 PM

    *my not NY

  • Kenneth | June 6, 2014 11:31 AMReply

    The title alone makes me cringe. I can not believe this will actually air on tv. So disgusting. Why is American tv so adamant on keeping racism with racist under tones in the forefront of popular culture. FYI I am a biracial man. The name of this show alone will keep me from not supporting such crap.

  • filmloverladyeo | May 16, 2014 5:11 PMReply

    Don't necessarily like the name, but I can see a good show that uses comedy to raise the issue of cultural racism in a "diverse society".

    I grew up as "the only" and frankly, I wish my parents had been more conscious of the lack of Black culture in my life. Just the fact that the show focuses attention on Black culture and raises issues about being raised in White America doesn't mean it has to be stereotypical. I for one would like to see more discussion of the cultural displacement of young African Americans in a circumstance where the major cultural influences in their lives are not their own. I suspect there are more of us out here than we would like to think.

    It is unfortunate that this important topic has to be discussed within a comedy genre, but then I don't think white America, or Black America for that matter, is ready for a serious discussion on the shallowness of what we like to call "Cultural Diversity". Think about it. How much does that so called cultural diversity actually filter into white folks' everyday lives? Especially white folks who are in an environment of there being "an only" in the group. Do they ever think about actual Black culture? Does it cross their minds? Why should it? How many compromises do the "onlys" have to make to fit in? Think about the psychological impact being the "other" on that "only", especially if they are young children.

    I congratulate Lawrence Fishburne and Anthony Anderson for broaching the subject. My best to to them. Hopefully they will be able to find the show's center, even if it is with comedy and raise some issues that as members of a diverse society, we should all think about.

  • Marie Frank | May 15, 2014 9:28 PMReply

    Hey Al, Maybe I am biased, but Laurence Fishburne loved every bit of this show and the casting.

  • Anonymous | May 15, 2014 12:36 AMReply

    They are trying WAAAAY to hard here. When will we get another "Cosby Show" where black people act like normal people? All I saw in this trailer were stereotypes and tropes. The black people I know and associate don't act, or speak, at all like this. THEY ACT NORMAL, like white people act NORMAL. ... There's some window dressing here, but nothing about this trailer was funny. And it's insulting for the Anderson character to tell his wife that she's barely black. REALLY? I mean, I could go there on so many sociological, pathological, psychological levels, but I won't.

    Black audiences want smart comedy that doesn't belittle or negate them. And this ISN'T it. I don't know why there are no talented writers who are able to write smart comedy in the vein of what Bill Cosby and Susan Fales-Hill.

  • Greg | May 15, 2014 1:57 PM

    100% correct on the "trying to hard" statement. I mean a show called "Black-ish"? Really? Film/TV is about creating an outer plot and letting the viewers DISCOVER the inner desire of the characters. The Big Bang Theory isn't called "Nerd-ish" they let the characters and plot show us what they desire. Not a fan of the trailer's "ethnic jokes" about a black coming of age party or black hair and booty. This reminds me of why Dave Chapelle said he quit doing his show.

  • Marie Frank | May 14, 2014 9:59 PMReply

    You haven't even seen it yet, so how can you trash it? My daughter is the casting director for this show, and she says it's fabulous, and very funny. Get over yourselves.

  • AL | May 15, 2014 12:37 AM

    @Marie Frank: biased much?

  • Miles Ellison | May 14, 2014 11:09 PM

    Who can argue with that?

  • Marston Fobbs | May 14, 2014 3:53 PMReply

    I dig it! That pilot episode looks better suited to be a feature film tho... Just call me for the auditions!

  • Cynthia | May 17, 2014 7:46 AM

    Agreed. I thought it better suited for a movie (at least based on the trailer).

  • pbjones | May 14, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    Not a fan of the title and what I perceive to be the premise. However , I will watch a few episodes before I sound off on it.

  • Jwill | May 14, 2014 8:35 AMReply

    Black people, please support this show and give it time to grow. All we do is complain
    about there being no black tv shows on the major tv networks, then when we finally get
    a few, everybody is talking about what's wrong with them and how they are not going to
    watch them for some reason, but the same people will sit up and watch all of these ratchet
    reality show all day, shows that are just pure garbage and terrible for our community
    and young people, it hard to understand. The only way that we will see more shows featuring black actors is that the few that we do have, manage to succeed and generate good income for the networks. So please support them.

  • Rocket | May 15, 2014 1:09 PM


    You are making too much sense. But that's the norm around here. NOTHING is ever good enough. If the project has a traditional family people complain it not showing alternative families. If the main characters are middle class to upper class people complain they are not "real" enough. If they main characters are low income people complain about being stereotyped. And it just goes on.

    On some level I can understand why Hollywood hesitates to put out more content geared toward blacks.

  • Alias | May 13, 2014 11:22 PMReply

    I'll pass and continue to watch reruns of "Cosby" on TV Land. Not a fan AT ALL of Anderson's. And I don't understand WHY he continues to be cast in high profile projects. ...Also, the show's name is a turnoff. WE'RE NOT A MONOLITH, HOLLYWOOD.

  • Reader 1 | May 13, 2014 11:09 PMReply

    Not a big fan of Anderson. From the trailer, I wish Ross had a bigger role--even though it is based on buddy's life.

  • Phred G | May 13, 2014 9:19 PMReply

    Oh those DARKIES! How they DO carry on! Don't care for the name either but will give it a chance. Frankly I like AnthonyA better as a dramatic actor (Law & Order). I enjoy Tracee, and looks like Lawrence gets to play the 'wisecracking elder' role a la Telma Hopkins or Jennifer Lewis. The KIDS, meh, although I think that girl with the glasses is from those candy commercials. We shall see what we shall see.

  • alp | May 13, 2014 8:47 PMReply

    change the title and get some actual comedy writers or youre looking at a two-seasoner tops

  • alp | May 13, 2014 8:48 PM

    Also, wasnt this this premise of the Bernie Mac show? Positive black man trying to "keep it real" yet "keep it correct"?

  • Floyd Webb | May 13, 2014 4:20 PMReply

    Why does this feel like a skit from the Dave Chappel Show?

  • Mandla | May 16, 2014 9:22 PM

    Well played Floyd, well played.

  • stp | May 13, 2014 4:13 PMReply

    When does the show White-ish come out? Oh sorry, that's the mindy project.

  • stp | May 13, 2014 8:15 PM

    Just sayin...

  • ed | May 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    OUCH! HEY-OO! Good one!

  • Keio | May 13, 2014 4:02 PMReply

    I guess it's safe to say Laurence Fishburne will get killed on Hannibal this season😔

  • MsWilliamsWorld | May 13, 2014 3:58 PMReply

    I wish ANYBODY but Anthony Anderson was cast as the husband/father. Man this cat doesn't do it for me...

  • D.C. Kirkwood | May 13, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    Okay what's up with the title. Why does our projects have to have an urban or hip sounding title to draw viewers? It's actually a turn off to me. Just like the talk show "The Real". Im like okay. Why not just call it "We on some Black-Sh*t! Black-Ish, is a stupid title. The cast looks good and because Laurence Fishburne is producing hopefully it we'll be a positive program but we'll see. Best wishes to them.

  • Beemooree | May 13, 2014 8:17 PM

    DC you complain too much. Go somewhere else

  • Daniel | May 13, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    Don't particularly care for the title, but I will watch this. A half-hour, single-camera comedy centered around black characters and not filmed in front of an audience. I say give it a chance.

  • this | May 13, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    looks like tiresome schtick

  • Mama Chit Chat | May 13, 2014 4:27 PM

    Looks interesting, and hopefully it will be funny. Great cast on a good network. Grateful to have a shot at "tiresome schtick" for a change, lol! The battle for access and representation is also a battle for access to the full range of possibility. Every black show ain't got to be high brow or complete low brow. Give us the full range of humanity, and I'm good. It's the extremes that help make it tougher on on black arses in the real world...

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