E4 Acquires UK Rights To ABC’s ‘Black-ish’, Eyes October Premiere

Black-ishABC’s Black-ish has finally found a UK home. E4 has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the critically acclaimed comedy series after striking a deal with Disney Media Distribution, TVWise has learned.

Black-ish follows an upper-middle class black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles. The comedy is produced by ABC Studios and stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Marcus Scribner, Caila Martin and Laurence Fishburne.

Now in its third season in the United States, Black-ish has earned a reputation for tackling controversial issues, such as police shootings and the use of the N word, in a thoughtful manner. The show took some time to find a UK broadcaster, with Disney having first shopped the series to UK buyers at the LA Screenings in 2014. Not long after, TVWise reported that Channel 4 had expressed interest, but just as they did with The Goldbergs, they waited until the show was “at scale” before swooping.

This is the second major U.S. acquisition for Channel 4 in as many weeks. Last month, the channel inked a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the hit new NBC series This Is Us, starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Sterling K. Brown. At E4, Black-ish joins a slate of U.S. comedy imports that includes New Girl, the aforementioned The GoldbergsThe Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. The first season of Black-ish will premiere on E4 later this month.