On the Set of ABC’s Comedy `black-ish #ABCTVEvent #‎blackishABC‬ #blackish

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blackish signA few weeks ago I had the unique opportunity to interview some of the actors from the ABC comedy `black-ish.  While on the ABC lot we also got to tour the set that the show is filmed on.
ANTHONY ANDERSON, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, YARA SHAHIDI, MILES BROWN, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, MARCUS SCRIBNER, MARSAI MARTINABC’s “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, special guest star, Laurence Fishburne as Pops Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., and Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

johnson house black-ishOur tour started in front of the Johnson’s house where as you can see there were lights and other filming equipment along the outside of the house.  You can see it in this picture but there is a backdrop on the wall with a backdrop of “the outside” directly to the right of this picture so if an actor opens the front door it looks like they are really looking outside.  If the scene is a longer scene with the door open then they digitally add the outside for the scene so there will be movement, people passing by, etc., like you would have in a normal neighborhood.

ceiling black-ishRight away when you walk onto the set you notice it looks just like a normal home with a few major differences.  First, if you look up you’ll notice that there isn’t a normal ceiling.  This is to accommodate all the lights, cameras, and other equipment.  You’ll also notice that the hallways are wider than normal.  This is also to accommodate the equipment.
touches of home black-ishYou will also notice LOTS of familiar household items that make this house seem so real and “lived in”.  There were magazines and games in the living room, TONS of photos on the walls, and even juice boxes placed around the house just like you’d find in most houses with children.  For the frames with all of the family pictures the actors spent a day shooting these pictures together just to make them more real.  There is so much attention to detail in the house that is truly a home.
cori on black-ish set collage2Here I am posing in some of the rooms of the house.  The kitchen is totally my dream kitchen.  It’s so BIG!
master bedroom black-ishI LOVE the master bedroom.  In the picture above you can see the master bathroom (I LOVE the colors!), Rainbow’s vanity that actually had nail polish remover and other items on it, and Dre and Bo’s bed.  Yes, that’s me sitting on the bed that Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross sit on!
master closet black-ishOne of my favorite parts of the house was the master closet.  I could LIVE in this closet.  It was HUGE!  Check out all of Dre’s shoes!  The closed closet on the left of this picture is Rainbow’s closet.  I love how big and organized it was with so much space for all of her clothes.  I dream of having such an amazing closet one day!
kids' bedrooms black-ishThe kids’ rooms each matched their personalities.  The 2 pictures on the top left are Andre Jr.’s room, the top right are Zoey’s room, and the bottom 4 are from the room that twins Jack and Diane share.  I love how they have the room divided in half by wallpaper for the twins.  Such a cute idea!

So do you recognize any of the rooms from the show?  Which is your favorite?
P1230165If you haven’t watched `black-ish yet, what are you waiting for?!?!  This show is seriously hilarious!!!
`black-ish airs at 9:30 p.m. EST on ABC  

Here’s a bit of info on tonight’s episode:
BLACK-ISH – “Oedipal Triangle”- Dre’s mother, Ruby (guest star Jenifer Lewis), comes for a visit, and she smothers her pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother Bow, who feels the same way about her. Dre tries to find a way to get the two most important women in his life to get along, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.



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Interviews with the Kids of ABC’s “black-ish” Yara Shahidi Marcus Scribner Miles Brown Marsai Martin and KENYA BARRIS, Creator/Executive Producer of “black-ish” #ABCTVEvent

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black-ish show GFXWhen I went to Los Angeles last week I had the opportunity to meet the children and creator of ABC’s new hit comedy black-ish.  Don’t let the name fool you.  This isn’t just a show for African Americans.  This show really resonates with and is relate-able to many families of all different races in America today.


Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a colonial home in the ‘burbs.  But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad, Pops (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.

black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Dre, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Yara Shahidi as Zoey, Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as Diane and Laurence Fishburne as Pops.
1471882_10154782960510158_4891713032874289382_nThe Kids:
I was most impressed with just how well spoken and down to Earth all 4 of the child actors were.   The were all very humble and Miles Brown and Marsai Martin who play twins, Jack and Diane, were so cute.  They’ve become so much like family that they chose to sit in the same chair with each other during our interview instead of each having their own chair.  The children all agreed that so far the pilot episode is their favorite but they also like the fantasy scene in their upcoming episode titled “The Gift of Hunger”.  As a parent myself I really like “The Gift of Hunger” episode myself.  It reminds me of an episode of The Cosby Show when Cliff was telling I think Theo that “you’re not rich, you have nothing, Mom and I are rich”.

Yara Shahidi (Zoey)-
“It is absolutely hilarious on set. Being able to work with all these comedic veterans is amazing.  I feel like I am learning so much just from being on the set.  It doesn’t even feel like work and that’s the weird part.”
“I am not very close to Zoey character-wise.  I’m the kind of person always reading.  I spent my summer in Oxford taking 2 history classes.  I have to be reminded to use social media.  We both are into fashion, but not the same fashion.  Otherwise I am pretty different from my character.”
“What’s on the show is basically our lives.”

Marcus Scribner (Andre Jr.)-
“Working on set with all the veteran actors is just an amazing experience.  It is awesome to come to work everyday and learn something new from them.  Let’s be honest, they are all comedic geniuses.  We all immediately bonded over working on the pilot.”
“I am pretty close to Andre’ Jr.  I play lacrosse.  I’ve played since I was in 2nd grade and I also play basketball.  I feel like most of the conversations that have happened to Andre’ Jr. have happened to me.
“My family is extremely supportive of the show.” 

Miles Brown as Jack-
“It feels like a family!”  
“I’m into sports just like my character.”
“My family is proud of us.  They get so excited when they see the billboards.”

Marsai Martin as Diane-
“Together we are unstoppable!  We feel like a real family”
“I don’t have siblings.  This is my first experience with siblings so this is new to me.  I like computers very much.  I’m pretty quirky and love social media.  I am pretty sporty.  I play gymnastics and I do cheerleading.”
“My grandpa said that “everyone in our family is watching black-ish or I’ll sock ’em!””

10172840_10153101318892481_7172376439282288863_nHow cute are they in the same chair because they are such good friends!

10665259_10153101317207481_2911528462598976664_nSo poised and well spoken.

The Creator/Executive Producer, Kenya Barris:KENYA BARRIS (CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)Photo credit: (ABC/Rick Rowell) KENYA BARRIS, creator/executive producer of “black-ish”

The idea for black-ish came from his own life.  His wife’s name is really Rainbow like the character on the show and she is really a doctor, too.  The show has universal themes, not just “black” issues.  It is written to be relate-able with real problems that many people have.  The ideas for episodes come from the writers’ own lives.  Kenya went on to talk about how the world is a lot more homogenized then how it was when he grew up.  He said there are no more “black” kids or “white” kids in America today, it’s all a blend.

“black-ish isn’t a “black” show just like Modern Family isn’t a “white” show.  It is a show about a family that happens to be black.”  

The Actors’ Parents:1236078_10153101316562481_8271422529518899639_nIt was clear right away from talking to the parents of the child actors of black-ish just how humble and proud of their children they are.  Legally (and emotionally) each child has to have a parent or guardian on set with them at all times.  Both parents of all of the children are very involved in their careers.  All 4 sets of parents have all become one big family.  They look out for each other’s children and there are usually 4-6 parents on the set at all times.  The parents mentioned how they have a say in their child’s wardrobe, story line, etc. and the writers have an open door policy.  They receive the scripts beforehand to go over topics with their children that they might need to explain, like masturbation for one episode.  Most of the jokes go over the heads of the younger two but sometimes the parents do have to explain some of the more adult content in an age appropriate way.  I’ve never interviewed “stage parents” before so it was refreshing that these parents weren’t the stereotypical stage parents.  They are all keeping their children grounded and humble by having them keep up with chores at home, going to school when they can (they are tutored on set when they can’t attend their regular schools), and living as normal of a life as possible.  Great advice for anyone who has a child who wants to get in the business.

Bonus facts from Lindsey Shockley, black-ish writer:
–  There are 11 writers on the show
– The writers are equally African American/non-African American
– Half of the writers are men and half are women
– There are 24 episodes scheduled for this season (YES!)

We also had the opportunity to tour and take pictures on the set of black-ish so be on the lookout for an upcoming post!
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I’m Going Back to Cali- Big Hero 6 Premiere, Dancing with the Stars, and More! #BigHero6Event #ABCTVEvent

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10628703_10152298437256770_5373620466641608600_oI am so excited to announce that my e-mail was sprinkled with some Disney fairy dust a few weeks ago.  I have been invited back to Los Angeles with 24 other bloggers for an AMAZING, jam packed press trip.  Just like when I went to the red carpet premiere of Frankenweenie and Disney’s Planes, part of this trip includes walking the red carpet at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood for the premiere of Big Hero 6.  And after the premiere we’ll be rubbing elbows with stars at the after party.  I wonder who we’ll see?!?!

Big-Hero-6-poster-2-fullMy girls have been talking about BIG HERO 6 ever since they saw the trailer and I can’t blame them.  I am also beyond excited to be seeing this movie.
10665145_10152338803881770_3207378933830734707_n 1959462_10152338805201770_1886718520857406945_nBut my excitement doesn’t stop there for Big Hero 6.  Sure, walking the red carpet will be amazing but we’ll also be touring the Disney Animation Studios, learning all about how Big Hero 6 was made from  with the filmmakers- Directors Don Hall Chris Williams and Producer Roy Conli.  We will also be interviewing Jamie Chung (voice of “Go Go Tomago” – @jamiechung1) and Genesis Rodriguez (voice of “Honey Lemon” – @genirodriguez).  We will get a drawing demo, get to try our hand at voicing one of the characters and lots more.
Here’s a trailer of Big Hero 6 so you can see what we’re so excited about.  #BigHero6Event

feastI’m also excited to see the movie short that is being shown before Big Hero 6 called FEAST.  It looks adorable!  We’ll be interviewing FEAST Director Patrick Osborne & Producer Kristina Reed (who I met when we interviewed her for her work on Paperman).
And here is a sneak peek at FEAST.  How cute is this dog!?!?!


Sounds like a great trip, right?  Well all of that is just the tip of the iceberg.  There is so much more excitement in store for us.  We will be attending a live taping of “Dancing with the Stars” (Monday nights at 8/7cat the glamorous ballroom set!  That’s right, we’ll be in the audience in the middle of the action and surrounded by stars.  I have 2 left feet when it comes to dancing but I love to watch it so I am so excited to be there live.  Plus we get to get all dressed up for the show!  After several days of dress shopping I finally found the perfect dress but you’ll have to wait a little while to see what I picked.  Afterwards, we’ll be going out to dinner and we will be live tweeting during the West coast airing of the show – when a special guest (or two!) might make an appearance.  I can’t wait to see who our special guest(s) might be!  I secretly hope it’s Alfonso Ribeiro.  This is a clip of my favorite dance he’s done so far on the show.   #ABCTVEvent and #DWTS


Have you seen the hilarious new ABC show, black-ish (Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c?  It stars Anthony Anderson () and Tracee Ellis Ross  and it is hysterical!  We’ll be visiting the Walt Disney Studio Lot for special preview screenings of episodes of ABC shows, including black-ish – which also shoots on the Disney lot, so we might be touring the set, too!
This is one of my favorite clips from the show.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check out what you’re missing. #blackishABC


 We will also be screening the upcoming musical comedy “Galavant” (hosted by Executive Producer Dan Fogelman of “Tangled” and “Cars” fame).  Here’s a clip to see what it’s all about. #Galavant

Agent-Carter-GFX-650x445 Are you a Marvel-  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan?  Agent Carter is a new show that will debut in January 2015 during the season two mid-season break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  We will be meeting Agent Carter herself (aka actress Hayley Atwell), interviewing the Executive Producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (also EPs on Resurrection– one of my favorite shows), touring the set and other super exciting things!  #‎ABCTVEvent‬ #‎AgentCarter‬ 

1743488_10105724534089614_8227948042648886929_nJust added to our adventure, we will be screening the new Kevin Costner film McFARLAND, USA!!! The movie doesn’t open until 2/22/15 so there isn’t even a trailer to show you yet but I’ll be sure to share one with you when it does.

I can’t wait to share with you all the exciting details of my trip with my readers.  Have any questions for any of stars, directors, producers, etc. that I might be meeting?  Be sure to send them to me via e-mail or Twitter.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ThisIsCori and Instagram ThisIsCori and check out our hashtags #BigHero6Event and #ABCTVEvent.

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