ABC Renews Comedies ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ and ‘American Housewife’ ABC will keep up the laughter in the fall, with Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat and American Housewife all renewed on Friday afternoon.
It was expected that Black-ish would get a fifth renewal of the season, but ABC took a while to reach an agreement, as the creator Kenia Barris is about to leave. In April, Barris began talks with Netflix for a general agreement there despite the fact that he still has four years left in an ABC agreement he signed last year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barris has clashed with ABC on several occasions, including the network’s decision to make an episode about athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. Barris and ABC said it was a mutual decision in March, but the sources told THR otherwise.
“Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I was happy with the direction of the episode and we agreed mutually not to broadcast it,” Barris said in March. “Black-ish is a show that has spoken with different types of people and has brought them closer as a community and I am very proud of the series.”
The black stars are Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Last year, Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe. Anderson and Ellis Ross also earned Emmy nominations for their performances.
Barris also developed the Grown-ish spin-off, which became a hit for Freeform.
ABC also renewed Fresh Off The Boat for a fifth season. It is produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which means it could become a full Disney property if the purchase of Fox by Disney is approved by the federal government.
American Housewife, starring Katy Mixon as wife and mother in Connecticut, was chosen for a third season.
ABC also renewed the comedies Splitting Up Together with Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson for the second season and Speechless with Minnie Driver for the third season.
The network previously renovated Modern Family until season 10 and The Goldbergs until the sixth season. The Renaissance of Roseanne also won a second season, and the 11th general. The spin-off set of the Golbergs in the 1990s was chosen for series, and is starring AJ Michalka, Tim Meadows and Bryan Callen in their Goldbergs roles.
On the drama side, ABC has also renewed For The People, season 19, How to Get Away With Murder, Gray’s Anatomy and The Good Doctor.
ABC also canceled Designated Survivor, Quantico, Alex Inc., The Middle, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, The Mayor, Somewhere Between, and Ten Days in the Valley.