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November 23, 2014

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opportunities and advantages he lacked growing up, it dawns on Dre that the afflu- ence they've always known has caused them to grow up detached from their racial background. It all comes to a head in the pilot episode when Dre's 13-year-old son, Andre Jr., declares that he'd rather play field hockey than basket- ball and wants to have a bar mitzvah, despite the fact that neither he nor the family is Jewish. in the fashion of so many sit- coms and were canceled. It's safe to say then, that "Black-ish" has its work cut out for it, but it's off to a good start. With roughly 11 million people tuning in for the pre- miere, it's not quite scoring "Modern Family" ratings, but it's definitely holding its own, with each of its first five epi- sodes hovering around seven or eight million viewers, com- pared to its lead-in's roughly nine million. When you consid- er the show's ill-fated forerun- ners, that's not too shabby. The series follows an upper middle-class black family whose patriarch, Andre "Dre" Johnson, is played by comedian Anthony Anderson ("Law & Order"). Dre's an executive at a major ad agency and his mixed-race wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross, "Girlfriends"), is a doctor, so the family is pret- ty well-to-do. Though he's happy to be able to give his four kids the and has already scored a full season order. A new episode of "Black-ish" airs Wednesday, Nov. 26, on ABC. Despite "Modern Family's" huge fan base, the network has had a hard time finding a followup that manages to retain the comedy's audience; a number of short-lived con- tenders have tried and failed to live up to their lead-in's standards. The Rebel Wilson-starring "Super Fun Night," which, as it turned out, wasn't super funny, consistently lost viewers until it was canceled after one season. The forgettable 2013 show "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" met a similar fate, while the 2011 mid-season replace- ment, "Mr. Sunshine," made it through all of 13 episodes. "Suburgatory" and "Happy Endings" stood a fighting chance by comparison, both making it into a third season, but they, too, ultimately ended By Jacqueline Spendlove TV Media T he major networks churn out new sitcoms like they're going out of style, but little of what makes it to air manages to garner enough popularity to become really successful. A precious few comedic gems continue to rake in the big numbers from one season to the next, but the vast majority of them fizzle out after a sea- son or two, if that. ABC struck gold back in 2009 with "Modern Family," which, over the course of its six seasons to date, has consis- tently drawn high ratings. The network might just have another success story on its hands with "Black-ish," anoth- er comedy centered around family life, which premiered back in September. While it would be overshooting to say the series enjoys universal acclaim, it's pulling in mostly positive reviews from critics Wishbone Restaurant 2 x 6.5" TV November 23 - 29, 2014 TIFTAREA TIFTAREA Anthony Anderson stars in "Black-ish" SUNDAY DAYTIME NOVEMBER 23, 2014 10 AM 10:30 11 AM 11:30 12 PM 12:30 1 PM 1:30 2 PM 2:30 3 PM 3:30 4 PM 4:30 5 PM 5:30 6 PM 6:30 BROADCAST CHANNELS

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