Paleyfest is talking Blackish with the cast & team

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Nichelle Turner © Rob Latour for the Paley Center

The Black-ish Panel was hosted by the enthusiastic Entertainment Tonight presenter, Nischelle Turner. One could easily tell she was just as big a fan as everyone in the audience. Before the cast was introduced, the audience was given an exclusive view of a not yet aired episode. To no one’s surprise, it was difficult for the audience to not go long without erupting into laughter from the witty and clever episode.

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Nichelle Turner and the cast and creatives of Black-ish © Rob Latour

The cast was finally introduced and once everyone was seated no time was wasted. The cast spoke about the latest aired episode, “Hope,” how it came to be, and how everyone went about taking on their roles.

Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin at PaleyFest LA 2016 honoring black-ish, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center







Creator/EP Kenya Barris and EP Jonathan Groff © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center

Executive producer and creator, Kenya Barris and executive producer, Jonathan Groff spoke about the future of the show and the direction it will be taken in especially since it was recently renewed for its third

Marsai Martin © Rob Latour for the Paley Center



Each actor also spoke about how they take on each character, and how much of their characters are actually themselves. Marsai Martin (“Diane Johnson”) hilariously found it difficult to say how sassy she was in comparison to her character.

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross © Rob Latour for the Paley Center

Overall, it was a fun and light event. Throughout the entire panel, the cast carried on with each other with playful banter, especially Anthony Anderson (“Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Rainbow Johnson”) that kept the audience in an uproar of laughter. It was easy to see how they manage such perfect on-screen chemistry.

Fans of the show have much to look forward to in terms of the show’s future. Also, if you’d like to watch the entire panel for yourself, you can check it out on Hulu in its full form.


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