ABC comedy head joins Kenya Barris company at Netflix

ABC’s senior VP and head of comedy Jamila Hunter is to depart the company to join Kenya Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society, to run the company under the recent Netflix deal which will see it develop new comedy series for the platform. Hunter has worked closely with Barris on ABC projects including award winning series black-ish […]

Hulu stats reveal viewers turned to comedy this year

Hulu has released year-end data showing that its viewers, all based in the US, turned to comedy for light relief in 2017. During a year of uncertainty, Hulu claimed that “more people needed to laugh more often” and took to the streamer to view a range of comedies. Americans watched more comedy TV shows this […]

ABC goes straight-to-series with Baldwin comedy

ABC is set to go straight-to-series with a new Alec Baldwin family comedy, co-created and executive produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Julie Bean. The comedy will be produced by ABC Studios, where Baldwin, Barris and Bean are all under overall deals. Barris and Bean will act as showrunners and writers for the yet-to-be-named […]

Hulu signs Black-ish streaming deal with Disney

US streaming service Hulu has secured a deal with the Disney-ABC Television Group to exclusively stream the US sitcom Black-ish. ABC comedy Black-ish is about an African American family living in the white upper-middle class suburbs and addresses issues such as police brutality, racism, and LGBTQ+ rights. It has run for three seasons to date. […]

Afrostream bags French first-run rights to Black-ish

French-language SVOD service Afrostream has secured exclusive first-run rights in France for ABC Studios’ show Black-ish. Season one of Black-ish will be available to Afrostream subscribers in France from January 1, with the second and third seasons set to be available soon afterwards. The Emmy Award-nominated show is centred around a modern, upper middle class […]

E4 acquires US comedy Black-ish

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has acquired ABC comedy Black-ish, and will premiere it on its youth-skewed digital channel, E4. Black-ish has been a ratings and critical success for ABC, and is currently in its second season on US broadcast television. The series follows Anthony Anderson and his African-American family, who try to balance their upper […]

Forever endures as ABC takes last Selfie

US broadcast network ABC has given a full season order to supernatural procedural drama Forever, while cancelling freshman comedy Selfie. Forever (pictured), about an immortal New York medical examiner, has not garnered a large number of 18-49 viewers – just a 1.2 rating in its most recent episode – but does score well when DVR […]

Extant to return as Murder is greenlit

CBS sci-fi drama Extant has been handed a second season, as rival ABC gives full-season orders to How to Get Away with Murder and Black-ish. Extant took an average of 8.64 million viewers, and had support from its distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video, which launch episodes four days after CBS and helped make the […]