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'Black-ish' Spin-Off With Star Yara Shahidi In the Works

by Emily Krauser 10:40 PM PST, January 19, 2017
Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards

Get ready for even more Black-ish.

ABC is looking to create a spin-off of their hit sitcom, with one lucky member of the Johnson family getting their own show, ET can confirm.

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The new series would be led by Zara Shahidi, who plays the eldest, college-bound Johnson daughter, Zoey. Black-ish creator and executive producer Kenya Barris is working with the network on the proposed sitcom.

In a statement to ET, ABC confirmed that the college-set show is "in very early stages." In fact, the series idea is so new that there are no deals in place, nor is there a script, as Deadline, the first to report the news, noted.

If the spin-off gets greenlit, it will be the second pilot Barris has in the works with ABC. He's also working on a new comedy, Libby & Malcolm, starring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance. It will also be the second spin-off that the network is working on, as they're also looking to introduce a '90s-set version of The Goldbergs, starring Bryan Callen.

This season of Black-ish has featured big coming-of-age stories for 17-year-old Zoey, including visiting her mom's alma mater, Brown University, while looking at potential colleges, as well as an internship at Teen Vogue that was set up by her dad, Dre (Anthony Anderson).

The sitcom, currently on its third season, is a critical darling that has received praise for its smart handling of difficult subjects, including an episode on police brutality and a very recent post-election dissection that featured an impressive, heart-wrenching monologue from Anderson.

The show has also received a number of Emmy nominations, and star Tracee Ellis Ross recently won her first Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her role as the Johnson family matriarch, Rainbow. Anderson and the show were also nominated for Globes.

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"Look at it. It's a Golden Globe. I won a Golden Globe!" she gushed to ET's Kevin Frazier backstage at the 74th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Jan. 8.

Hear Ross reflect on her win -- which marked the first time an African American actress has won a Golden Globe since Debbie Allen's win in 1983 -- in the video below.

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