Freeform premiere dates for comedies grown-ish and Alone Together were announced today. Starting January 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST, catch the one-hour debut of grown-ish from executive producer Kenya Barris and starring black-ish actress Yara Shahidi reprising her role as “Zoey.” The following week on January 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST, catch the premiere of Alone Together, the irreverent buddy comedy from executive producers Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, starring comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo. Freeform also gave the green light to a second season of Alone Together today.
Freeform announced an expanded lineup with four branded nights of original series. In addition to Freeform’s Wednesday night comedy block, the network will roll out various programming blocks over the next few months. Monday nights will consist of unscripted originals kicking off with the series premiere of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings in the spring. Tuesday nights will be dedicated to original dramas beginning Q1 with The Fosters, leading into Shadowhunters on April 3. The Bold Type and Famous in Love will carry out the drama block for the remainder of the year. Thursday nights will exclusively consist of genre programming beginning January 18 with the two-hour season premiere of Beyond, leading into the March 29 premiere of Siren. Thursday nights will also be home to Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.
Wednesday’s comedy block kicks off with grown-ish, a half-hour comedy tackling current social issues and complexities facing both students and administrators; it follows Zoey, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter from ABC’s Emmy-nominated comedy black-ish, as she heads into her freshman year of college.
Yara Shahidi (black-ish) will continue to play Zoey Johnson, Trevor Jackson (Burning Sands, American Crime) as Aaron Jackson, Jordan Buhat (Summer of ‘84) as Vivek Shah, Emily Arlook (The Good Place, Hand of God) as Nomi Segal, Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as Ana Torres, Chris Parnell (SNL) as Dean Parker and Deon Cole (black-ish) as Charlie Telphy. Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey and Luka Sabbat also recur in the series. Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins are executive producers. The series is produced by ABC Signature Studios.
Alone Together stars stand-up comedians Povitsky (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Aflalo (Not Safe with Nikki Glaser) as two overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. These two only find salvation in their male/female strictly platonic friendship. Throughout the season Esther and Benji’s misadventures include shooting their own music video, standing in line for a Lip Kit Pop Up and even trying their hand at retirement life. Regardless of the escapade, you can be sure in their own warped way they will have each other’s backs while calling each other on their nonsense in a way that only best friends can.
Alone Together is created by Povitsky, Aflalo and Eben Russell (Girl Boss), who serve as writers and executive producers. Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Becky Sloviter and Hunter Covington also serve as executive producers.