How Black-ish’s Stars and Producers Pushed ABC to Bring the Show Back for Fall

An early October election special began development after the comedy was originally held for midseason

Screenshot of Black-ish's upcoming animated episode
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross pitched the idea of doing an animated special because she was worried about going back to set during a pandemic. ABC/Smiley Guy Studios

When ABC announced in June that Black-ish would not be part of its fall schedule and would instead be held for midseason, the sitcom’s stars were not happy—and they made it known to network execs.  

@kelseymsutton Kelsey Sutton is the streaming editor at Adweek, where she covers the business of streaming television.