Kenya Barris Has a New-ish Spinoff and It’s Old-ish; Jenifer Lewis and Laurence Fishburne to Star

Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis in Black-ish Episode 621 “Love Boat”
Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis in Black-ish Episode 621 “Love Boat”
Photo: ABC/Bonnie Osborne

The Kenya Barris Cinematic Universe (KBCU) continues and this time, we’re focusing on the OGs!

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is officially developing Old-ish, the third spinoff of the popular franchise that began with Black-ish. The upcoming series will star Jenifer Lewis (as Ruby Johnson) and Laurence Fishburne (as Earl “Pops” Johnson).

Barris did say he had one more -Ish series in his back pocket. Now we know!

THR gives more scoop on the spinoff:

The spinoff will follow Ruby and Earl as they give love a second chance. When they move to a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of L.A., they’ll meet characters who represent the old and new faces of the community as they try to make it work as a married couple. Again.

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Lewis took to Twitter shortly after the news was announced, expressing her excitement for the new venture.

“I’m so happy. A lifelong dream come true. Thank you all for your support and love throughout the years,” she wrote, thanking Barris, as well.

THR adds:

Fishburne—who has been an exec producer on Black-ish since its start—has been a recurring player on the series and appeared in more than 60 of the comedy’s 141 episodes thus far, while Lewis was promoted from recurring to series regular in season two.

Barris, who departed ABC for a lucrative overall deal with Netflix in August 2018, will pen the script and exec produce alongside Fishburne, Anderson and Artists First’s E. Brian Dobbins. Lewis will be credited as a producer. The single-camera comedy hails from ABC Signature, Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy and Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society.

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Though I was initially hoping for a Diane (Marsai Martin) spinoff, this is just as good! Plus, the mini-mogul may be too busy these days with her own glowed-up goals. With these two legends taking the spotlight, we can definitely look forward to more of their unforgettable chemistry and wit.

The one that started it all, Black-ish, will be airing a two-part special as a pre-game to their 7th season premiere, directed by Oscar-winner Matthew A. Cherry. The stand-alone special, which is election-themed and partially animated, will debut on ABC on Oct. 4.

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DISCUSSION

I am looking forward to this but also a little wary.

Are they going to play up to the old chestnut about older people not knowing much about technology, always been a pet peeve of mine. Lewis is 63, Fishburne is 59, younger Boomers who should be more knowledgeable about tech, having to deal with it for a while now. Shit, my Mom is in her 70s and, although it took her awhile, she knows how to use a smart phone as well as her grandkids...to the point where she’s actually dangerous lol  

I am sure that racism will be a regular topic of discussion. I’m hoping that one of the topics is that you don’t age out of being considered a threat because you’re black, as some fools people seem to think. Racism is not a demographic issue, it’s a lifetime problem.