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,