The ultra education, well-spoken Yara Shahidi is single-handedly putting the network Freeform (formerly ABC Family) on the map. . . again! With the premiere of her "Black~ish" spinoff, "Grown~ish", Shahidi and the cast of college students are giving viewers a look into a parents worst nightmare, the actual life of a college student!
"Grown-ish: Wednesday’s premiere drew 1.56M total viewers, including 917k in the demo, to become the cable net’s best comedy series launch in 5 1/2 years. The Black-ish spinoff also was the Disney-owned outlet’s top overall series start since Shadowhunters two years ago."
"Some other numbers from the series premiere: Grown-ish opened as Wednesday’s No. 1 scripted series on cable TV among women 18-49, women 18-34 and females 12-34; scored the best digital bow for a Freeform series with 4.5M viewers in the first three days; and was the strongest scripted comedy series launch on basic cable among women 18-49 since April 2014 (MTV’s Faking It."
"The 13-episode Grown-ish follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), the eldest Johnson family daughter from ABC’s Black-ish, as she heads off for her freshman year at California University and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Billed as a contemporary take on the current issues facing students and administrators in the world of higher education, it also stars Deon Cole, Chris Parnell, Emily Arlook, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa and Jordan Buhat. The series hails from from Black-ish executive producer Kenya Barris."
I was one of those women watching the show and I must say, I LOVED IT! I was slightly terrified because like many in the 40+ category, I've got a college student of my own but eased my fears with the overly used statements "That wouldn't be my child" and "My child would never do that"! Hey, a parent can hope can't they? If you haven't watched "Grown~ish" you're definitely missing out! "Grown~ish" airs Wednesday nights at 8pm.