On Thursday, ABC announced that it had readjusted its Fall 2020 programming schedule in a way that should make Black-ish fans very happy. After releasing a schedule on Wednesday that had the Kenya Barris-created comedy's return being held until midseason, Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, says she spoke with Barris and they agreed that the current social climate made bringing the series back early a must: "Black-ish has a long-standing history of shining a light on current events and honoring Black voices through the lens of the Johnson family. After speaking with Kenya and our creative partners, we decided it was important to tell these meaningful stories during this moment in time, so we are adjusting our premiere schedule and are committed to doing whatever it takes to bring this series back as soon as we possibly can. Following recent monumental events, it's imperative that the dialogue continues and empowers viewers to raise their voices, and there is no other show that does that like Black-ish."
Originally, new comedy Call Your Mother was set to join a Wednesday night comedy block featuring The Goldbergs, The Conners, and American Housewife. Black-ish will return to Wednesdays, with Call Your Mother shifted to a midseason debut. The Anthony Anderson/Tracee Ellis Ross-starrer has not only proven to be a ratings machine for the broadcast network but has also served as a prime time voice on social issues such as police brutality as well as introducing millions of Americans to the historical significance of Juneteenth. In light of the killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers and the protests resulting from it, Barris sees the series' early return as being able to play a part in an important and long-overdue national conversation: "We are incredibly grateful to Karey, Dana, and Peter for recognizing the importance of Black-ish in this moment and applaud them for making the necessary shifts to bring the show back as soon as possible. While the last few months have felt overwhelming at times, they have also underscored just how important it is that Black voices are not only heard but empowered and amplified as well; and our entire Black-ish team is humbled to be a small part of telling our stories and are excited to get back to these conversations."