Netflix has ordered Black Excellence, their first series project with Kenya Barris with Barris and Rashida Jones set to star.
Friday’s announcement described the upcoming show this way: “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.”
Black Excellence‘s executive producers include Barris, Jones and black-ish‘s, Hale Rothstein. Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society will produce.
The series is the first to be announced under the nine-figure overall deal Barris signed with the streamer via his Khalabo Ink Society banner last summer.
Barris created the Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated ABC/ABC Studios comedy series Black-ish, which has spawned two spinoff series, Freeform’s Grown-ish and the newly ordered Mixed-ish at ABC. Additionally, Barris has upcoming multi-camera comedy series Unrelated on Freeform via ABC Studios and several projects in the works, including a remake of the popular 1960s sitcom Bewitched that centers on an interracial blended family.
For Jones, meanwhile, the Netflix comedy arrives the morning after TBS canceled Angie Tribeca, the comedy in which she starred from her former Office star Steve Carell. Her credits include co-directing Netflix documentary Quincy, producing the Emmy-nominated documentary Hot Girls Wanted and exec producing TNT’s Claws.
Considering Barris’ track record, Black Excellence should be a must watch when it premieres on Netflix.
No time table to when we can expect the series to launch.