‘Black-ish’ Cast Talks Societal Upheaval and the Show’s Infamous Unaired Episode

‘Black-ish’ Cast Talks Societal Upheaval and the Show’s Infamous Unaired Episode
When ABC was prepping its new fall season, one show that almost didn’t make the cut was the Kenya Barris-created “Black-ish.” The series was greenlit for a seventh season, but the arrival of the global pandemic left many wondering if the show might be held for a midseason release in 2021.

But Barris, who participated in ABC’s virtual presentation Tuesday on its fall slate, said the series “needed to voice our opinion” about what was going on in the world and was vitally important to return as soon as it was safe. “It would be doing a disservice to our audience … to have our voices muted in a time like this,” said star Anthony Anderson. Holding on until midseason would have been “problematic” for Anderson.

Eventually the show was able to please everyone — and then some. The show will return in the fall, but also will debut an election special,
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