My Visit on the Set of the Hilarious Comedy ‘black-ish

My Visit on the Set of the Hilarious Comedy ‘black-ish

I’m sure you’ve already read about me and the other bloggers visiting with Tracee Ellis Ross on the set of ‘black-ish a few weeks ago. It was just one of the great highlights of my recent Disney press trip. While we visited with Tracee she walked us through the Johnson’s home (family on ‘black-ish).

black-ish set visit
Photo Credit ABC.

‘black-ish is a hilarious comedy following the lives of the Johnson family. On the show you’ll meet Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson), his beautiful wife Rainbow Johnson, (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids (Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin). Family man, Dre, struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while he raises his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

black-ish set visit
Tracee Ellis Ross showing us a sign that says not to sit on, sleep on, or use set furniture. She said they often take naps when they can on the bed. Photo Credit ABC.

One thing I first noticed while walking through the Johnson home was the size. It is so big! I remember vising the set of The Middle last year and it was so small compared to this set. The Johnson home is absolutely beautiful too! It is amazing all of the details that go into the decorating of sets.

Tracee Ellis Ross Interview
Photo Credit ABC.

Most sets have open walls because they are shot multi-cam but the ‘black-ish set is big enough they can shoot from one side of a room or through a doorway. It really is a large home on set visit

One secret on sets is that they are normally one level. So, the stairs you see in the picture below actually go nowhere! All the rooms are on the same level.

on set 'black-ish
On set of ‘black-ish.

And what you see through the windows are actually paintings made to look like the outdoors! Of course, they will shoot scenes outdoors if need be but nearly everything is shot on set. The outdoor patio is actually real but it’s indoors with fake trees and a fake outdoor set outdoor patio

Sets pay attention to every detail. From family photos to mail addresses. Most items on the set are from actual stores you and I shop at – think set visit

They have an incredible costume designer, led by Michelle Cole. Dre has an amazing closet. So many shoes!black-ish set closet

black-ish set visit
Photo Credit ABC.

Tune in tonight for the Stuff episode of ‘black-ish on ABC 9:30/8:30c

black-ish set visit
Photo Credit ABC.

Dre thinks Christmas has become commercialized is too much about all the stuff. No one loves stuff more than Dre’s kids. Pops (Laurence Fishburne) and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) try to show the kids the true meaning of Christmas by paring down gifts and spending more time together, and Daphne Lido (Wanda Sykes) invites herself over to celebrate with the Johnson family.

black-ish set visit
Photo Credit ABC.

The kids are less than thrilled with the news and hope if they are on their best behavior Dre and Bow will cave in. Meanwhile, Daphne Lido , who is single for her first holiday alone, invites herself to the Johnson family home to celebrate with them.

‘black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and Laurence Fishburne as Pops.

black-ish cast
Photo Credit ABC.

Guest starring is Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Wanda Sykes as Daphne Lido, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens, Catherine Reitman as Lucy and Issac Ryan Brown as Young Dre.
“Stuff” was written by Corey Nickerson and directed by Ken Whittingham.

‘black-ish was created by Kenya Barris and is executive-produced by Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

‘black-ish is one of the most critically acclaimed comedies of the 2014-2015 season.

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Photo Credit ABC.

Visiting with Tracee Ellis Ross on the Set of ‘black-ish


Twitter: @black ishABC
Hashtag: #blackish, #ABCTVEvent

‘black-ish airs Wednesday nights 9:30/8:30c on the ABC Television Network.

My Visit on the Set of the Hilarious Comedy ‘black-ish

Melanie Kampman

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  1. Hi–I’m wondering if you know where the pillows from the patio on the Black-ish set are from. In particular, I’m trying to find the bolster shaped one with the leaf pattern and can’t figure out where to get it. Thanks!

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