EXCLUSIVE: Freeform has quietly renewed grown-ish for Season 2, insiders inform RenewCancelTV.
The leaked renewal comes early — the Black-ish spinoff only premiered its first episode Jan. 3.
A contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara Shahidi portrays Zoey – Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter — as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Yara is joined by ”black-ish”’s Deon Cole (Charlie) who portrays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Zoey runs into Charlie during college orientation where she learns that he moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor. Arlook will portray Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no-holds-barred attitude. Parnell will portray the dean of Southern California University, and Jackson will portray a socially conscious sophomore at Southern California University.
grown-ish Season 2 will comprise 20 episodes, slated to release early 2019.
UPDATED: Weeks after we first broke news of the renewal, Freeform released the following press announcement, confirming our story:
FREEFORM SENDS ZOEY OFF TO SOPHOMORE YEAR WITH
SEASON 2 ORDER OF ‘GROWN-ISH’
NETWORK ORDERS 20-EPISODES OF CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SERIES
At today’s inaugural Freeform Summit, during kickoff panel conversation featuring Kenya Barris and Yara Shahidi, among others, “grown-ish” executive producer alongside executive vice president, programming & development, Karey Burke, surprised series lead, Shahidi, with the news that the network has ordered a second season of the critically-acclaimed breakout comedy. The premiere, which boasted Freeform’s highest debut for a comedy in nearly six years, also earned critical praise from Deadline, which called the series “straight up good, no –ish required,” and BuzzFeed declared, “glows from the inside out.”
Freeform’s “grown-ish,” a half-hour comedy tackling current social issues and complexities facing both students and administrators, follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter from ABC’s Emmy®-nominated comedy “black-ish,” as she heads into her freshman year of college at Cal U.
The series is produced by ABC Signature Studios and is executive produced by Kenya Barris, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Julie Bean. “grown-ish” airs Wednesday nights at 8/7c on Freeform.
Stay tuned as we now monitor the renew/cancel status of grown-ish SEASON 3…