- Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 September 2020 00:25
- Written by Lupe R Haas
"black-ish" returns in its seventh season to ABC Sunday, October 4 with a one-hour special with back-to-back episodes. The second episode is an animated show with guest stars activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. Both shows tackle the upcoming election with Junior voting for the first time, but his name has been purged from the list, while Dre debates a career in local politics. See the photos of the guest stars in animated form.
ABC's "black-ish" doesn't shy away from controversial subjects, and the elections are no different. Voter suppression is a plot in the special one-hour event. Junior gets his first taste of it as a first-time voter, and Dre explores entering local politics. In the second episode which is an animated version of the series has Dre seeking advice from Stacey Abrams, and appearing on Desus and Mero's talk show.
ABC provides more information about the special double episode in the press release below.
Official Press Release
The Johnsons and “black-ish” return to ABC with a special one-hour television event on SUNDAY, OCT. 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). The two back-to-back episodes, which will air ahead of the official season seven premiere on WEDNESDAY, OCT 21 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), will follow the Johnsons as they navigate the upcoming election, with Junior (Marcus Scribner) embarking on his journey as a first-time voter and Dre (Anthony Anderson) launching an exploration into local politics. On his campaign trail, Dre seeks advice from an animated Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. Later, he joins Desus Nice and The Kid Mero on their late night talk show “DESUS & MERO,” for an interview with some hard-hitting questions for the aspiring candidate.
In “Election Special Pt. 1,” (10:00-10:30 p.m. EDT), Junior is excited for his first time voting but discovers he has been purged from the voter polls so he does a deep dive into why – trying to understand the systems in place for voter registration. “Election Special Pt. 1” is directed by Matthew A. Cherry and written by Eric Horsted.
Then, in a special animated episode, “Election Special Pt. 2,” (10:30-11:00 p.m. EDT), Dre’s colleague Stevens makes an ill-advised decision to run for Congress, so Dre enlists his family’s help and campaigns against him but gets caught up with fundraising and private interest groups. “Election Special Pt. 2” is directed by Matthew A. Cherry and written by Graham Towers & Ben Deeb. Stacey Abrams, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero guest star as themselves.
Animation for “Election Special Pt. 2” is being produced by Jonas Diamond, Executive Producer and Co-Owner of Smiley Guy Studios and Rod Amador, Executive Producer and Co-Owner of Big Jump Entertainment.
In its upcoming seventh season, “black-ish” will continue to tell stories that shine a light on current events through the lens of the Johnson family, addressing the global pandemic, systemic racism and the movement for social justice and equality.