Kenya Barris has announced that the hit ABC sitcom Black-ish has been renewed Friday for an eighth and final season.
The 46-year-old producer made the news public via a video posted to his Instagram account featuring several clips from the series and interviews from the cast members.
The writer also penned a lengthy note in the post’s caption to let his followers know about his take on Black-ish’s ending and to thank his fans for their persistent audience.
Announce: Kenya Barris has announced that Black-ish has been renewed Friday for its eighth and final season; he is pictured in October 2019
Barris began writing, ‘To ALL the people in the world I love, honor, respect and care for it’s both exciting and bittersweet to share that black-ish has been RENEWED by ABC for its EIGHTH … and LAST SEASON . ‘
He also noted that the show’s crew were “ grateful along with ABC that they could make this final season exactly what we hoped for – and that they could do it with the entire and AMAZING STELLAR cast. ”
The Shaft writer went on to say that working on Black-ish was one of the highlights of his professional career and gave credit to his fan base for ensuring its success and longevity.
‘This show has changed my life in so many ways and I am so proud of the conversations we have started along the way. None of this would have been possible without our audience and supporters, ”he wrote.
Wide exposure: The series creator made the news public via a video posted to his Instagram account
Acknowledgments: Barris also wrote an extensive note in the caption of the post to let the show’s viewers know how much he and the rest of Black-ish’s crew have appreciated their support over the years; he can be seen at the premiere of Bad Boys For Life in 2020
Barris then wrote that the show’s viewers were particularly gracious in “ allowing us to talk about things people weren’t supposed to talk about, period … especially on a network television comedy. ”
He also expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the production of Black-ish, calling his loved ones a constant source of inspiration for the show’s themes.
Thank you to everyone who made it possible to get to this point! The cast, crew, writers, directors, executives and most of all my family, who have allowed me to get so many very personal moments out of them, ”he recalls.
Making an impact: In his post, Barris wrote about how he and the series’ cast and crew were “ so proud of the conversations we started ” about the issues the show faced
In-depth: In particular, the writer wrote that the fans of Black-ish allowed the crew to ‘talk about things people shouldn’t talk about’
Barris concluded with his gratitude to the viewers of the series and for their continued support for the crew’s efforts.
“Tears fill my eyes and a smile lights my face as I thank ALL of my black family for all you have given of yourselves,” he wrote.
Black-ish first premiered in 2014 and was an instant hit with viewers, many of whom pointed to the show’s coverage of tough topics as a strong point.
Taking Notes: Barris also wrote that he owed a huge debt to his family as he had used some of their experiences as material for the show
Successful Show: Black-ish initially premiered on ABC in 2014 and was an instant hit with viewers
The series was centered around the family of Andre and Rainbow Johnson, who address both personal and social issues that concern them.
The show starred several notable performers, with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross leading the cast.
Other actors involved in the production of Black-ish are Peter Mackenzie, Jenifer Lewis and Laurence Fishburne.
Plot: The show followed the life of the Johnson family as they navigated both personal and social issues
Stacked cast: The series features the talents of artists such as Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross
The show’s success resulted in the production of two spin-off series entitled Grown-ish and Mixed-ish, which premiered in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
A third spin-off, currently called Old-ish and starring Lewis and Fishburne, is currently in development.
The series itself and its cast have been nominated for numerous awards, and it has been awarded several Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe awards during the series.
Continuing the story: Black-ish’s success resulted in the production of two spin-off series, and a third show, entitled Old-ish, is currently in the works