Black-ish Chris Parnell

black-ish Spinoff: Suburgatory Alum Chris Parnell Joins Backdoor Pilot

Every university needs an authority figure, and black-ish‘s potential Zoey-centered spinoff has found one in Suburgatory vet Chris Parnell.

The actor will play a college administrator in an upcoming episode of the ABC comedy that will serve as a backdoor pilot for the offshoot, our sister Deadline reports.

The project, which is being shepherded by black-ish creator Kenya Barris, follows Dre and Rainbow’s eldest daughter, Zoey, (Yara Shahidi) as she heads to college.

During the installment, viewers will also meet another admin (Veep‘s Matt Walsh) and a freshman student (American Crime‘s Trevor Jackson) at Zoey’s future school.

Parnell and Jackson have series regular options, should the project get greenlit. Veep cast member Walsh, however, would potentially recur.

black-ish isn’t the only ABC comedy with a spinoff in the works. The network also has a ’90s-set Goldbergs pilot, starring Bryan Callen’s high school gym teacher Rick Mellor, in contention for the 2017-18 season.

Are you hoping the black-ish spinoff gets greenlit?

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  1. Tomm Huntre says:

    I like Zoey but a spinoff with her going to college?? I smell a bad first year of ‘It’s A Different World’. She deserves better.

  2. Will Chris Parnell take Cyril Figgis’ 12 incher with him. cause that would make him a REAL administrator.

  3. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    Sinbad, anyone? Do they really have to follow The Cosby Show that closely?

  4. readenreply says:

    With last week’s episode focused on Jack & Diane being ignored with Zoey & Junior forced to be together….

    Have Junior get offered early college admission based on his amazing SAT scores and send them both off to college together.

    Jack & Diane get focus again!