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‘Old-ish’ Is in the Works – Kenya Barris Can’t Be Stopped

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After the wildly successful “Black-ish” led to the incredible, young-adult centric spinoff “Grown-ish” and a 1980s-set prequel called “Mixed-ish,” producer and screenwriter Kenya Barris is already developing “Old-ish” for ABC.


The Hollywood Reporter says the new show will focus on Earl “Pops” Johnson and Ruby Johnson, Dre’s parents from the original series. Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis are set to reprise their roles as the hilarious couple.

Apparently, the comedy will follow Earl and Ruby as they try to make a second round of marriage between the two of them work. They will also move to a neighborhood in L.A., one that’s quickly becoming gentrified.

The other ‘ish’ series

Meanwhile, “Grown-ish” will return to Freeform for a fourth season in 2021. “Mixed-ish” is also set to return for a second season on ABC in the next year.

Further, Barris’s scripted Netflix comedy, “Black AF,” will see a second season on the platform.

“Black-ish” will return for its seventh season in 2021. Reportedly, there will be an hour-long election-themed special ahead of the premiere on October 4, 2020.

Barris to help pen an upcoming Eddie Murphy film

The “Black-ish” series and its hugely popular spinoffs might just be some of the most influential work he’s done, but the writer’s determined work ethic didn’t come out of nowhere. The 46-year-old has been in the television (and streaming) game forever. He helped develop the series “America’s Next Top Model” in 2003, and he also wrote the recent hit film “Girls Trip.”

Barris is also part of a three-man team writing the screenplay for an upcoming film called “Coming 2 America” that will star Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. Rumor has it that Rick Ross might even make an appearance.

The film follows the events of the first film, which debuted in 1988 and starred many of the same cast members.

Paramount Pictures summarized the sequel’s plot: Set after the events of the first film, former Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street savvy Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). Honoring his royal father’s (James Earl Jones) dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) set off to America once again.

The film is set for release on December, 18 2020 in the U.S. and Canada.