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ABC praises ‘black-ish’ for spotlighting Black voices

Popular comedy returns this fall

OW Staff Writer | 6/25/2020, midnight
ABC has announced that “black-ish’’ will start its season in the fall and the debut of the..

ABC has announced that “black-ish’’ will start its season in the fall and the debut of the comedy series “Call Your Mother’’ will be delayed to midseason.

“‘Black-ish’ has a long-standing history of shining a light on current events and honoring Black voices through the lens of the Johnson family,’’ ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said.

“After speaking with (creator) Kenya (Barris) and our creative partners, we decided it was important to tell these meaningful stories during this moment in time, so we are adjusting our premiere schedule and are committed to doing whatever it takes to bring this series back as soon as we possibly can,’’ Burke said. “Following recent monumental events, it’s imperative that the dialogue continues and empowers viewers to raise their voices, and there is no other show that does that like ‘black-ish.’’’

Barris praised Burke and other ABC executives for “recognizing the importance of ‘black-ish’ in this moment and applaud them for making the necessary shifts to bring the show back.

“While the last few months have felt overwhelming at times, they have also underscored just how important it is that Black voices are not only heard but empowered and amplified as well and our entire ‘black-ish’ team is humbled to be a small part of telling our stories and are excited to get back to these conversations,’’ Barris said.

“Black-ish’’ will air at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in place of “American Housewife,’’ which is being shifted to the 9:30 p.m. Wednesday time slot that had been given to “Call Your Mother.’’

“Call Your Mother’’ stars Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick as “an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away,’’ then “decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives,’’ according to the network.