The spinoff of ABC’s acclaimed family comedy Black-ish, toplined by young co-star Yara Shahidi, is eying a series green light with a twist — it would be moving to another network. Freeform is in talks for a series order to the project, which originated as a planted spinoff episode of the mothership ABC series that aired this spring.
Toplined by Shahidi, the spinoff focuses on her character Zoey Johnson — Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter — as she heads to college. While the pilot was received well at ABC, it was deemed too young skewing for the broadcast network but would hit right into the millennial demo target of sibling Freeform.
Another series is on the move from one Viacom network to another. The upcoming 10-episode second season of MTV’s fantasy drama The Shannara Chronicles will air on Spike TV this fall.
The CW has picked up to series Valor, a serialized military drama/conspiracy thriller starring Matt Barr.
In Valor, the boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.