Yara Shahidi is having a pretty terrific September, not only is her new film “Smallfoot” about to hit theaters nationwide, her hit YA comedy “grown-ish” has started production on its second season. Shahidi is voicing the role of Brenda in the animated-film from Warner Bros. Pictures and she is starring alongside Zendaya, Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, James Corden, LeBron James, and Common. As for “grown-ish,” Freeform announced the start of production on season two of the comedy series, which has quickly become one of the network’s most popular shows.
The series is a spinoff of “black-ish” and comes from executive producer Kenya Barris. The show is a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Fans still have a few more months of waiting before the episodes air, the network stated that season two of “grown-ish” will debut in January 2019. The second season is coming with a few upgrades for the actors, some of whom will be expanding their roles in the second season.
Set to return from season one are Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Trevor Jackson as Aaron Jackson, Francia Raisa as Ana Torres, Emily Arlook as Nomi Segal, Jordan Buhat as Vivek Shah, and Deon Cole as “Professor Charles Telphy.” Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey, the real-life sisters on the show, have been upped to series regulars. Outside of acting, the duo are Chloe x Halle, musical prodigies currently opening for Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s “On The Run II” tour. Their debut album, “The Kids Are Alright” (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records), includes “Grown,” the theme song for “grown-ish,” which they co-wrote. Luka Sabbat is also coming back as a series regular for season two, portraying Luca Hall. Reprising his role as Doug is musical artist, rapper and actor Diggy Simmons, he will be coming back with a recurring role for season two.
As we mentioned earlier, the show was a runaway hit for the network during its freshman season. The series ranks as the network’s top show this year among Adults 18-34, Women 18-34, Adults 18-49, Women 18-49, Persons 12-34 and Females 12-34. As you can imagine, those are some drool-worthy demos for any network to have. The show was also the top comedy on cable this year in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34. According to Freeform “grown-ish” averaged 2.09 million Adults 18-49 per episode in the first season across all platforms, that’s within the first 35 days availability. That marks the highest total ever for a new Freeform series, which is really saying something considering how popular shows like “Pretty Little Liars,” “Shadowhunters,” and “Alone Together” were when they launched. In fact, viewership on non-linear platforms for “grown-ish” through 7 days provided a massive +102% lift over the series’ Live +7 day linear ratings. The series also drew 3.06 million Total Viewers in its first season based on viewing across all platforms through 35 days.
Freeform hasn’t given us an exact premiere date for the new season yet, outside of the January 2019 window, but more teasers and a few on-air promos will be released as we get into the holiday season.
As for “Smallfoot,” fans of Yara Shahidi can see that film in theaters when it debuts on September 28th.