Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones will star in Black Excellence, a new Netflix series.
Inspired by Barris’ irreverent, flawed, 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. Barris and Jones will executive produce alongside Hale Rothstein (black-ish, grown-ish). The single-camera comedy will be produced through Barris’ production company, Khalabo Ink Society.
Barris is best known as the creator behind the hit series black-ish, which has launched two spin-off series – Freeform’s grown-ish and the newly-ordered mixed-ish at ABC. Additionally, Barris has several television projects in various stages of development including the multi-camera comedy Unrelated for Freeform and a remake of the popular 1960s sitcom Bewitched that will shift its focus to now center on an interracial blended family. Black Excellence marks the first project under the multi-hyphenate’s overall series deal with the streaming giant. Barris made Netflix his home less than a year ago and hasn’t been shy about his desire to flip the family sitcom and what it looks like on its head. With the series officially launching its writers room last month, he is wasting little time getting to work on exploring and pushing those boundaries.