An episode of black-ish described to be politically and socially-themed has been pulled by ABC and shelved indefinitely due to “creative differences’ with the series creator and showrunner, Kenya Barris.
The episode, titled “Please, Baby, Please” was initially supposed to air on February 27. The network made a scheduling announcement a few days earlier that a rerun would air instead, not revealing the reason why.
According to Variety, who broke this news, the episode “features Anthony Anderson’s patriarch Dre caring for his infant son on the night of an intense thunderstorm that keeps the whole household awake. Dre attempts to read the baby a bedtime story, but abandons that plan when the baby continues to cry. He instead improvises a bedtime story that, over the course of the episode, conveys many of Dre’s concerns about the current state of the country. The episode covers multiple political and social issues. In one scene, Dre and oldest son Junior (Marcus Scribner) argue over the rights of athletes to kneel during the performance of the national anthem at football games.”
“One of the things that has always made ‘Black-ish’ so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates. However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve,” an ABC spokesperson told Variety.
“Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it. Black-ish is a show that has spoken to all different types of people and brought them closer as a community and I’m so proud of the series,” said Barris.
In its most recent season, the critically-acclaimed and strong ratings powerhouse black-ish has tackled police brutality, the election of Donald Trump, postpartum depression and much more.
A spinoff, starring Yara Shahidi, grown-ish has received critical praise at Freeform.