Kenya Barris' first project under his mega Netflix deal has been set. Not only is he behind the scenes of this project, but he'll also star in the comedy series, Black Excellence, with Rashida Jones. The pair will exec produce as well.
According to Netflix, the show is "inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture" and will "pull back the curtain and reboot the family sitcom in a way viewers have never seen before."
Hale Rothstein, who has been behind Barris' black-ish and grown-ish, is also producing. Khalabo Ink Society, Barris' production company, is producing through his overall Netflix deal.
Netflix reiterates that Barris "hasn’t been shy about his desire to flip the family sitcom and what it looks like on its head." Black Excellence launched its writers' room last month.
Barris has several other series in the works at the streaming giant. He's also been busy writing for film projects, one of them being the upcoming Shaft film that's coming out next month, and next year's Coming to America. He remains a producer on his shows black-ish, grown-ish and the upcoming mixed-ish on ABC.
Jones, produces TNT's Claws, recently produced the Netflix documentary on her father, Quincy, and starred in TBS's Angie Tribeca, which was canceled this week after four seasons. She also has several projects in development for TV and film under her Le Train Train banner.
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