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Yara Shahidi Extends Overall Deal With ABC, Onyx Collective

Yara Shahidi, arguably the face of Freeform, is extending her overall deal with the studio behind Grown-ish and adding Onyx Collective to the pact. “It is every creative’s dream to be seen and heard and to do so with colleagues who align with your vision and your soul. We are so grateful to have the […]

Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish’ Adds ‘Black-ish’ Alums for Season 5

With Black-ish nearing the end of its run on ABC, two key members of that show’s team will move to its spinoff, Freeform’s Grown-ish. The Disney-owned cable outlet has renewed Grown-ish for a fifth season. Marcus Scribner, a series regular on Black-ish throughout its run, will join the show’s cast for season five as Andre […]

Yara Shahidi to Star in Comedy ‘Sitting in Bars With Cake’ for Amazon (Exclusive)

Yara Shahidi, the star of Grown-ish and Black-ish, has nabbed the starring role in Sitting in Bars with Cake, a comedy that Trish Sie, the helmer behind Pitch Perfect 3, has come aboard to direct for Amazon Studios. The project is based on a blog and subsequent book by Audrey Shulman, who detailed a year-long search […]

“I Want to Do In-Your-Face S***”: Kenya Barris on Why He Left His $100M Netflix Deal to Launch BET Studios

On an otherwise quiet Friday in October, Kenya Barris watched as his name hurtled through the headlines. The stories weren’t about a new project he was writing or directing, though there were plenty of those; instead, the creative force behind Black-ish, #blackAF and Girls Trip was eyeing an exit from Netflix — the first of […]

‘Grown-ish,’ ‘Good Trouble’ Renewed as Freeform Adds Jessica Biel Thriller ‘Last Summer’

Freeform, like so many other networks and streamers, came armed with a slew of news during its time before reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The Tom Ascheim-led Disney-owned cable network handed out renewals for its signature series, Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish and The Fosters offshoot Good Trouble, while also handed out […]

‘Grown-ish’ Star Francia Raisa Addresses Her Open Letter to Constance Wu

'Grown-ish' star Francia Raisa joins The Hollywood Reporter In Studio to discuss the return of the Freeform series, her open letter to 'Fresh Off the Boat' star Constance Wu and more.

‘Grown-ish’ Renewed for Season 3 on Freeform

'Grown-ish' will get one step closer to graduation as Freeform has picked up a third season of the college comedy.

Amid Peak TV Push to Diversify Writers Rooms, Does Twitter Matter?

With nearly 500 original scripted shows airing last year, and demand for diverse voices at an all-time high, the nontraditional paths to writers rooms remain narrow.

18, Activist, Harvard-Bound: How Yara Shahidi Became the Face and Brain of Young Hollywood

The star found fame on 'Black-ish' and its spinoff, and she's finding her voice as the unofficial spokesperson for the Gen Z and woke: "If Yara wants to be president one day, she will be." But first, Shahidi is gearing up for a major transition as she reveals what her college essays were about and her plan to launch a podcast with the Pod Save America team.

U.S. Shows Dominate Banff Rockie Award Nominations

'Counterpart' and 'Twin Peaks' vie against U.K. entrants 'Liar' and 'Peaky Blinders' in the drama category.

Yara Shahidi on How Feminism and Fashion Go “Hand in Hand”

Her stylist Jason Bolden also tells The Hollywood Reporter how they choose her red carpet looks: "If it doesn’t make us laugh, it does not work."

Freeform Stars and Producers Go Inside the Network’s “Forward”-Looking Programming

The network kicked off its newest rebranding with four talent panel discussions about how millennials are changing storytelling, how to portray modern romantic relationships onscreen and a deep dive on its first Marvel series.