This week at the first ever Freeform Summit, the event began with a panel conversation with the Executive Producer of “grown-ish,” Kenya Barris, and the star of the series Yara Shahidi. During the panel the executive vice president of programming & development, Karey Burke, surprised fans (and the series lead) with the news that the network has ordered a second season of the popular freshman comedy. The premiere of the show this year was Freeform’s highest debut for a comedy in nearly six years, and is already a hit with fans and critics.
If you’re new to the show, “grown-ish,” is a half-hour comedy tackling current social issues and complexities facing both students and administrators. The story 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 show itself 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.
Season 2 will continue Zoey’s journey through college, along with her parents’ struggle to deal with the distance between them. According to the announcement, Freeform has ordered 20 new episodes of the comedy for the freshman season, but stopped short of announcing an exact premiere date at this time.
Fans can find the show currently airing on Wednesday nights at Freeform.
If you missed the news from the Freeform Summit this year, you can find a full re-cap of this year’s announcements. Highlights from the event were a new trailer and premiere date for the Marvel series “Cloak & Dagger,” as well as a preview trailer and premiere date for the sci-fi series “Sirens”. Freeform also announced that the network will be rebooting the teen-drama “Party of Five,” bringing back the show’s original creators for the show. Freeform will also be launching the network’s first period-series, and it will follow the life of Cleopatra. Hits like “The Bold Type” and “Famous in Love” were also mentioned during the event, confirming casting renewals and offering up premiere dates for both series’ second seasons.