After Shadow & Act's report of the news that Yara Shahidi's black-ish spinoff had a new title, Freeform has now addressed the name change and has solidified a few cast members.
As we expected, Trevor Jackson will reprise his role as a friend of Zoey's and a socially-conscious sophomore from the pilot. However, Mallory Sparks will not reprise her role as Zoey's new friend Miriam, a freshman with a no holds barred attitude. The role has been recast from the backdoor pilot, and will now be played by Emily Arlook.
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Chris Parnell will also reprise his role from the backdoor pilot as the dean of Southern California University.
“grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer Kenya Barris. “Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”
As we reported Tuesday, both Shahidi and black-ish's Deon Cole will concurrently appear on both shows, as well as Anthony Anderson (Dre) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Bow). Cole's character Charlie will be an ad-exec by day on black-ish and a college professor on grown-ish.
The first season of the show has 13 episodes and will be executive produced by Barris with Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins.