EXCLUSIVE: How 'Black-ish' Will Mix Controversy With Comedy in Season 2 - Plus See the New Cast Photos!
By Leanne Aguilera
Black-ish is coming back -- and it's going to be better than ever before!
The hit ABC comedy does not return until Wednesday, Sept. 23, so to help curb your Johnson family cravings, ETonline has the exclusive debut of the official cast photos and key-art of season two.
In our first-look gallery, the black-ish family is all smiles and having fun as they goof off in front of a black and white background. Emmy award nominee Anthony Anderson looks particularly dapper in a grey vest and tie, while his on-screen wife, Tracee Ellis Ross, stuns as she channels the 1920s in a black flapper dress and sky-high heels.
ETonline recently caught up with black-ish's patriarch at the summer TCA Press Tour, and we asked Anderson all about mixing controversial storylines with the show's signature comedic flare, snagging even more guest stars, and what makes season two different than the first.
You're a few days into production on black-ish season two, how does it feel to be back?
Anthony Anderson: It feels fun! We're back in the saddle again and we like to ease into things. We've been on hiatus since mid-March, so we had a little time to ourselves, so now we have to get that pace back so we ease into it. Tomorrow when we get back to work, I think we'll be full-throttle again.
The show had such a successful first year, does that make you feel more relaxed as you move into your sophomore year?
AA: I'm not going to say relaxed, because sometimes when you become too relaxed, you become complacent and you lose that drive and that fire. But our shoes are comfortable, we're comfortable in the skin that we're in and our clothes lay on us right, and so now we want to go out and dance in those shoes and style in those clothes and have fun with it.
What can you spill about season two? Tell us everything!
AA: Well, I don’t know everything, but in the two episodes that I know about so far, the one we're shooting right now is about gun control, and our next one that we're filming will be about the n-word. So two controversial subject matters that we're going to deal with.
Why is it important for you to have such a huge platform like black-ish to be able to speak out on controversial issues?
AA: We speak for the people, and that's people across the country, and we pride ourselves on being timely and topical about the issues that we tackle and deal with. But we don’t want to hit anyone over the head with the message. We are a comedy, but we also recognize that we have a platform to say certain things, and it's always better to say that with a teaspoon of sugar than a teaspoon of salt. So we'll deal with some heavy issues in a comedic way and get our message across.
It was so great to see Raven-Symoné on the series to play your gay sister. Could we expect to see her back in season two?
AA: Hopefully. We're introducing more family members and friends, we're going to build the family out and build the nucleus of the family in that community. There's mention of my brother, so we'll see, but hopefully Raven-Symoné's character will be back, but everybody else is coming back to the show. That the core of the family is there and we're making new additions.
Who would you like to see play your brother?
AA: Oh, that's a good question. Michael Strahan. So we'll see...
Click through our exclusive gallery below to see all the cast photos, and tune into the season two premiere of black-ish on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.