black-ish creator Kenya Barris is stepping in front of the camera for his first project for Netflix, an envelope-pushing family sitcom called Black Excellence, alongside former Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones.
The streaming service announced Friday that it has picked up the series, which Barris will write and executive-produce. Jones and black-ish's Hale Rothstein will also executive-produce. "Inspired by Barris' irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, Black Excellence looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the 'family sitcom' in a way we've never seen before," Netflix says. It sounds like it'll be black-ish without Disney oversight.
Barris moved from ABC Studios to Netflix in a lucrative overall deal last year, and this is the first project the streamer has picked up from the prolific writer-producer, whose breakout series, black-ish, has spawned spin-offs grown-ish and the upcoming mixed-ish. Barris also co-wrote the screenplay for the hit movie Girls Trip.
The series also continues Jones' relationship with Netflix, for which she has produced the Hot Girls Wanted documentary series and the documentary Quincy (about her father, Quincy Jones) as well as co-written the acclaimed "Nosedive" episode of Black Mirror.
Black Excellence opened its writers' room last month. No premiere date has been set.