#blackAF was not renewed.
Kenya Barris’ semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy – which received a Season 2 pickup exactly one year ago today – will no longer return in its current form. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the semi-autobiographical sitcom is being revamped as a potential movie franchise at the streaming giant, a la National Lampoon’s Vacation. Payments to Brazil and Mexico are said to be under development. (TVLine has contacted Netflix for comment.)
#blackAF – which dropped its first (and now only) season on April 17, 2020 – starred Barris as a fictional version of himself, while Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) produced and co-starred as Barris’ wife, Joya. The eight-part series unveiled what it means to be a “new money” black family trying to get it right in a modern world where “good” is no longer a fixed concept.
The set also included Genneya Walton, Iman Benson, Scarlet Spencer, Justin Claiborne, Ravi Cabot-Conyers and Richard Gardenhire Jr. as children of Kenya and Joya.
#blackAF was the second series to be produced on Netflix as part of Barris’ overall deal with the streamer, following the sketch comedy Astronomy Club. He canceled his Netflix pact in January for a new deal with ViacomCBS. Prior to Netflix, the Black Creator premiered at ABC Studios, but quit his development contract in August 2018.
The TVLine streaming scorecard has been updated to reflect the cancellation of the #blackAF renewal. Are you disappointed to see him go? Hopefully it comes back as a film series? Hit the comments with your reactions.