‘Black-ish’ Renewed for Season 4 at ABC

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Black-ish” has been renewed for Season 4 at ABCVariety has learned.

The series follows the Johnsons, an affluent black family led by Andre (Anthony Anderson), an advertising executive, and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), an anesthesiologist. The couple realizes that their four kids are growing up in a very different world than they themselves did, and they begin to question whether they have lost touch with their roots.

In addition to Anderson and Ross, the series also stars Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, and Peter Mackenzie. The series was created by Kenya Barris and is executive produced by Barris, Jonathan Groff, Anderson, Fishburne, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins, and Corey Nickerson. The series is produced by ABC Studios.


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In addition, Stacy Traub is joining the show for Season 4 as an executive producer. Traub was previously the showrunner on fellow ABC series “The Real O’Neals,” which was canceled after two seasons on Thursday. Her move to “Black-ish” comes as she has extended her overall deal with ABC Studios for an additional two years.

The show is currently one of ABC’s top-rated programs, averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers during its third season. In addition, the show has been a consistent awards contender. Ross won a Golden Globe for the series in 2017, with the show having been nominated for three Globes that year. In addition, it has been nominated for four Emmy Awards. It also received a Peabody Award in 2016, and swept the 2016 NAACP Image Awards’ television comedy categories.

In addition to “Black-ish,” ABC has renewed comedies “Modern Family” (for two seasons), “American Housewife,” “The Goldbergs” (for two seasons), and “The Middle,” along with dramas “Once Upon a Time,” “Designated Survivor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” “Scandal” had previously been renewed for Season 7, which will reportedly be the show’s last. In addition to “The Real O’Neals” and “Imaginary Mary,” the network has canceled “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “American Crime,” and “Secrets and Lies.” ABC had previously canceled freshman dramas “Time After Time,” “Notorious,” and “Conviction.”

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  1. Unknown says:

    ‘Black-ish’ in the beginning was a comedic show but it has lately become more a political liberal statement on “black issues” which if continues, I could see this show cancelled after season 4 this fall. People are sick of politics being shoved down their throats in cable network shows.

  2. they should try to tone down the white bashing and just stick to comedy. Fishburne should be on more cuz he is funny.

  3. Sam says:

    Grey’s Anatomy, The Middle, and Modern Family should end their shows next season like Scandal. Too bad for American Crime and Secrets and Lies. Just like the WGN America show Outsiders(hopefully Underground is not add to the list), good shows get canned to be replace with another stupid reality show.

    • Unknown says:

      ‘Scandal’ should end as the story is running near its end. Why should ‘Modern Family’ end their show next season though? It’s one of the strongest sitcoms on television today & its the 2nd strongest rated show on ABC. The storylines are limitless with the show’s concept unlike a show like ‘Scandal’. That’s just dense & misguided on your part. Also, it was renewed for 2 more seasons. You’re crap out of luck on that one. Thank God. As for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ it’s ABC’s strongest rated show & it’s basically a soap opera that could go on & on. It’s no ‘E.R.’ but the show draws. ‘The Middle’ does consistently well despite not being on the same level as ‘Modern Family’ & ‘The Goldbergs’ but it’s not going anywhere.

      As for ‘American Crime’, the show’s quality declined each season & deserved to be cancelled as did ‘Secrets & Lies’ which was just a fair show at best. Out of all ABC’s recent cancellations, ‘Last Man Standing’ was the one that shouldn’t have been cancelled.

  4. Lorianna says:

    Another show that was VERY funny but stinks now. Into too many causes, not enough laughs. Puts woman-beater Chris Brown on a show? Trash. The grandmother is hysterical, but gets no air time anymore. Too much preaching about liberal causes. This will be it’s last year.

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