Yara Shahidi Is Producing Weed Comedy “Smoakland” for Freeform


Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is developing a single-camera comedy called Smoakland for Freeform, in partnership with her mom Keri Shahidi and their production company, 7th Sun Productions, Deadline reports.

The 20-year-old actor also took to her personal Instagram account to announce the news, writing, “In case you were wondering what we’ve been up to…Proud #TEAM7THSUNMOMENT.” In addition to the dynamic mother-daughter duo, the show will be helmed by writer Jewel Coronel, who also wrote The Chi, and Zahir McGhee, who served as a consulting producer on shows such as Scandal and Stumptown.

Smoakland will focus on a character named Solo, who hails from Oakland, as she executes her vision of starting a cannabis company. As Deadline notes, the show will also explore love, family expectations, and other issues that come up as she attains her dream. Coronel will also executive produce along with McGhee, Yara, and Keri Shahidi as part of their production company partnership, which secured an overall deal with ABC Studios last year.

Yara’s most notable roles include playing Zoey Johnson on Black-ish, which then later led to her own spinoff, Grown-ish (also on Freeform.) In fact, the hit show will be returning later this month for the second half of its third season.

Although there is not a premiere date for Smoakland revealed just yet, we can anticipate seeing Yara star as Tinker Bell in David Lowery’s upcoming feature film, Peter Pan and Wendy.

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