My Set Tour for black-ish ABC Show

By 11/19/2014 03:19:00 PM , ,

Last week I posted about the black-ish Kenya Barris and kids cast interview, which was so fun. I hope you enjoyed reading it and are getting ready for tonight's episode.

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Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

This week I want to share about my tour of the black-ish set with Maxine Shepard, Production Designer for the show, to learn what goes into getting the set TV ready. Yes another fun activity while on my Disney/ ABCTV L.A. Trip!

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The tour itself was amazing because the set is built like an actually house. Like you literally walk through a front door and into the foyer of the home. From there you can branch off to.....

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The living room had wonderful photographs of the "Johnson" family. Which helped you feel like they really lived here

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The dining area was all set for a family meal or to entertain guests

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And even the laundry room looked ready for me to load clothing for a wash and dry.

And that's just one area of the first floor! As if that's not impressive enough, there's a 2nd area with the family bedrooms. Each room was decorated to match the personality of the shows characters

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Bedroom for the Twins, Diane and Jack (Miles Brown, Marsai Martin)

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Bedroom for Zoey (Yara Shahidi)

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Bedroom for Andre Jr (Marcus Scribner)

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Master bedroom and sitting area for Andre "Dre" Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) which was jaw dropping.

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There was a full walk in closet with walls for Andre's shoes and hats. I had fun taking a selfie to capture the moment.

Let me just remind you that this is where FILMING happens. Real actual camera and crew move around in these areas. Can't tell right?

I do have to share that the set has really wide spaces from wall to wall and an open roof area to let the camera crew move around and film the actors during scenes.

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But overall the place is so well decorated that I had to ask Maxine Shepard how she did it?! Maxine shared that she scouts a lot of places to find items to decorate the set. She also takes into account the actors themselves when decorating. She open to feedback of what they like or don't like that's she added to the set.

While Maxine is the Production Designer, she has a great team of people who support her to get the sets built and decorated in time for filming. Sometimes they only have a matter of weeks to get a set together.

After touring the set (and wanting NOT to leave), I have to say it's truly amazing what team work can do.

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(photo credit: MARSAI MARTIN, JENIFER LEWIS: ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

Tonight there's a new BLACK-ISH episode -
"Oedipal Triangle"- when Dre's mother, Ruby (guest star Jenifer Lewis), comes for a visit, and she smothers her pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother Bow, who feels the same way about her. Dre tries to find a way to get the two most important women in his life to get along, on "black-ish," WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:31pm-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

As you watch the episode make sure to take some time to enjoy the set background. As you can see it's filled with lots of details and a lot went into making it look as wonderful as it does on your TV screen.

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  1. I keep seeing commercials for this show and it looks so funny. I really need to make it a point to watch it!

  2. It looks like such a great show! i am even more interested now that I have had a behind the scenes view :)

  3. Wow the house doesn't even look like a film set, it looks like a real house. So cool! That shoe collection is insane.

  4. I've seen bits and pieces of the show and it looks funny! (I always tend to be doing something else when it's on.) I would love to be a set designer. And I love the photographs on set!

  5. Wow how awesome! That would be a really neat experience! Very cool it looks like an actual house not a set!

  6. I am loving all of these TV shows you've been visiting, how FUN!

  7. How cool! I'd love to do a set tour - neat!

  8. I have never even heard of this show, but that set looks pretty amazing.

  9. Now that is so cool. I bet you had an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing some behind the scenes info.

  10. I've watched this show and it's very funny. I also really like the cast as well. Love their house decor too!

  11. Wow, it looks like you had a great time! I'll have to check out the show - I haven't watched it yet.

  12. How fun! I absolutely love this show. Thanks for this great behind the scenes look at it.

  13. My husband watches this show religiously and if he's at work he DVR's it. I'm loving it too!

  14. This show is hilarious. I have been watching it since it started and i can not wait till the next episode.

  15. This looks like it would be a fun show to check out. Amber N

  16. I havne't heard anything about this show but I need to check it out! That house is so nice and inviting!

  17. My family loves this show. It is hilarious! It's so awesome that you got to tour the set.

  18. You get to do the funnest things! I love that you got to take a tour here!

  19. I am loving this show. I have watched every episode so far and I just die laughing with each one.

  20. It must be so interesting to tour a set that you are used to seeing on television. They really go out of their way to make it look like the home of a real family.

  21. Gosh that tour was awesome - so much wonderful things all in one go!

  22. I watch Black-ish weekly on Hulu Plus! It's such a funny show. How neat that you got to visit the set!

  23. I am just enamored with the colors on the walls actually. I kind of wish this post came with that that so we's room is Benjamin Moore XYZ color so that I could duplicate it at home. Very nice styling!