The Johnson clan wins again. Black-ish garnered 10 NAACP Image Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series. NAACP Image Awards host Anthony Anderson continues his amazing run in his acclaimed role as Andre Johnson, earning a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
Most of the other principal players on the show were also nominated. Tracee Ellis Ross was recognized for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. The twins are pulling double duty, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin earned nods in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress Comedy categories, and join their onscreen brother, Marcus Scribner, in the Outstanding Youth Performance category. Laurence Fishburne was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Last, but not at all least, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was nominated for Outstanding Writing In a Comedy Series for the season two premiere episode, The Word. The only thing missing is finding a way to acknowledge the show’s awesome scene stealer, Deon Cole (Charlie).
Budding from an unknown freshman show with a caustic title last fall, Black-ish has not only survived– it’s thrived. Growing from the futile comedic soil of playful self- awareness, sharp, observational writing on social commentary and cast synergy, Black-ish has brought in a steady 6 million viewers per episode. It’s anchored ABC’s comedy block and has been effective in funneling audiences following franchise player, Modern Family.
The show has also shown high pop culture appeal. Whether it’s on talk shows, awards shows or commercials, the Johnson siblings Marsai Martin (Diane), Miles Brown (Jack), Marcus Scribner (Andre Jr.), and Yara Shahidi (Zoey) have charmed their way in the hearts of mainstream America. This past summer, Anthony Anderson was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Along with television wife, Tracee Ellis Ross, they hosted the 2015 BET Awards.
Kenya Barris is also one of the hottest scribes in Hollywood right now. He has several projects in development including Ordinary People, based on the lives of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and movie reboots of Shaft and Good Times.
The 47th NAACP Image Awards will air on TV One on February, 5 2016 at 9pm.