‘Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson Reveals Unexpected Sources Of Inspiration & Evolution For His Sitcom – Contenders TV
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After many Americans first learned the true meaning of Juneteenth in 2017, Black-ish continued to shed light on hard truths about race and wealth this season - sometimes from a very personal perspective.
"I then came back with the story that one family was trying to outwit the other black family on vacation," said star Anthony Anderson during Deadline's virtual Contenders Television event, discussing the partial inspiration for the authors of Kenya Barris' writers Show for season 6s "Kid Life Crisis" episode.
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"There is always another door you can step into if you get anywhere in a room," said multiple Emmy candidate about the prosperity and access competition in which African-American families are too often forced into predominantly white environments, such as luxury vacations .
"These are the things I put up and try throughout the season," he said. "It's all based on personal experiences, experiences that we all have, and how we can tell the best story from those experiences that appeal to an audience and keep their attention."
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With that in mind, Black-ish was put off by ABC earlier this week in many ways due to the show's pervasive instinct. Combined with the ever-evolving national cultural and political debate about systemic racism and police brutality resulting from the murder of George Floyd, Black-ish is a more central part of the discourse than perhaps ever before.
"It is imperative that the dialogue continues and viewers be able to cast their voices, and there is no other show that does so like Black-ish," said ABC Entertainment's President Karey Burke , opposite deadline last week about the postponement for the sitcom meet the times.
After Black-ish had already created two spin-offs in Grown-ish and Mixed-ish and back for a seventh season later this year, there were generation problems at both ends last season. There were trials and successes of a growing family when Anderson's Dre Johnson and Bow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) underwent the move of their brood from childhood to the adult world. On the other hand, in the season six finale, Ad Executive Dre was in some harrowing and complex situations when its long estranged parents, played by Jenifer Lewis and Laurence Fishburne, were secretly reunited.
Looking at his fictional family, Anderson said it was "a nice thing" to see his young co-stars grow into seasoned actors. "It's the dynamics that influenced me the most," the star and EP made clear on his time on the show.
Black-ish is produced by Disney's ABC Studios and produced by Barris, Anderson, Fishburne, Courtney Lilly, Laura Gutin Peterson, Gail Lerner, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins and Michael Petok.
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