Freeform's 'Black-ish' Spinoff Adds Trio to Cast

Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson will reprise their roles from the backdoor pilot in 'Grown-ish,' with Emily Arlook also joining the cast.
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From left: Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell, Emily Arlook

Freeform's Black-ish spinoff is solidifying its cast.

Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), Trevor Jackson (American Crime) and Emily Arlook (The Good Place) have joined the recently retitled Grown-ish as series regulars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Previously titled College-ish, the single-camera comedy follows the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. The project offers contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education.

"Grown-ish reflects what we'll be dealing with in the show — that in between place where you're not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” creator and executive producer Kenya Barris said in a statement about the new title. “Where Black-ish examines what it means to be black, Grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

Parnell and Jackson will both reprise their roles from the backdoor pilot, which aired as a May episode of the Emmy-nominated ABC comedy.

Parnell will play the dean of Southern California University; Jackson is set as a socially conscious sophomore at the college; and Arlook will portray Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no-holds-barred attitude.

As previously announced, Black-ish's Deon Cole will carry his role as Charlie over to the spinoff. Charlie moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor on the new comedy, which will feature funny new characters both in the administration and student body who all reflect the complex and hilarious points of views that populate college campuses.

Barris will executive produce Grown-ish with Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins. Originally in contention at ABC, the project landed a 13-episode order at sister cable network Freeform in May as the cabler continues its move from family-oriented programming to shows targeted as 14- to 34-year-old "becomers."

Parnell, whose credits include Archer, Anchorman and Suburgatory, is repped by UTA and Rise Management. Jackson, whose credits include Eureka, is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Myman Greenspan. Arlook, whose credits include Hand of God, is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

Grown-ish is set to premiere in 2018.

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