ABC has ordered Baratunde Thurston’s animated series How to be Black for development, according to Variety.
The series is based on Thurston’s eponymous memoir. As Variety reports, the series will follow the book’s lead and focus on “the community and family that raised a young Thurston in 1980s Washington, D.C.”
Thurston will write and executive produce the series with Arrested Development and The Cleveland Show producer and writer Courtney Lilly. Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland will also executive produce through Cinema Gypsy Productions. The production company is a good fit for How to be Black, as it’s behind the Black-ish TV universe of shows and other projects specifically targeting minority and cultural stories.
Thurston is a political comedian and writer who cofounded the Black political blog Jack and Jill Politics, which covered the political ascent of President Barack Obama. He worked as the digital director for The Onion and in 2015, was named the supervising producer of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He is also the host of the podcast We’re Having A Moment.
Thurston has published four books including How to be Black; his collection of published work also includes Better than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture, Keep Jerry Falwell Away from My Oreo Cookies, and Thank You Congressional Pages (For Being So Damn Sexy!).