WASHINGTON — No one said it was easy being First Lady. Michelle Obama might feel the frustration of it all after she plays herself on an upcoming episode of the ABC show “black-ish.”
“She’s gonna be in it,” series creator Kenya Barris said Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “We’re just gonna see who’s up for it.”
The episode airs at the end of February, but can’t be called a reunion since Barris was talking about the scenes shot in Chicago and a casting director will work from the wife’s staff, but the role was to be played by the former first lady.
Barris and Obama have been friends for several years after making “Drumline” and hosting a show together.
“I was hoping that she would have such a fondness for the idea of a sitcom and would be completely up for it and we would really treasure this opportunity to make a show with her,” Barris said.
“black-ish” has had a string of real-life guest stars including notable celebrities. Donald Glover, Laurence Fishburne, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Michael K. Williams, Minka Kelly, Regina King, Regina King, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Jussie Smollett, Luna Lauren Velez, Laurence Fishburne, Damon Wayans Jr., Marcus Scribner, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Jenifer Lewis, John Benjamin Hickey, Richard Roundtree, Harry Lennix, Tracee Ellis Ross, DeVon Franklin, Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, Tracee Ellis Ross, Deon Cole, Nick Cannon, Jay Ellis, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, John Lithgow, Vanessa Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Packer, Anthony Anderson, Marsai Martin, Jay Ellis, Marsai Martin, Trevor Jackson, Romeo Miller, Mary Birdsong, John C. McGinley, Tracee Ellis Ross, JB Smoove, Anna Maria Horsford, Lecy Goranson, Wendell Pierce, Kevin Pollak, Hector Elizondo, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michael K. Williams, Gregory Alan Williams, BJ Britt, Tracey Notman, Vincent Williams, Deon Cole, Marsai Martin, Jay Ellis, Bob Gunton, JJ Totah, James Earl Jones, Melonie Diaz, Justine Bateman, Natalie Marie Bussey, Stephanie Robinson, Adan Canto, Damion Paige, Chris Gethard, Tilky Jones, Henry Winkler, Tyra Banks, Charlayne Woodard, Shaun Robinson, Lara Margriet, Diane Neal, Lola Ogunnaike, Dan David Cates, Brendan Penny, Colin Smith, Freddie Prinze Jr., Tony Rock, Victor Williams, Cleo Anthony Lott, Langston Zayas, Dallas Roberts, Zoe Rios, Isaiah Johnson, Justin Bartha, Troy Garity, Max Greenfield, Glynn Turman, Josh Gad, Jessica Chaffin, Jasmine Burke, Clare O’Connor, Larry David, Tichina Arnold, Joey McIntyre, Stephan James, J.J. Totah, James McDaniel, Elizabeth Perkins, Anna Chlumsky, Raul Esparza, Phil Lawrence, Emiliano Navarrete, Tichina Arnold, Florence Henderson, Cynthia Stevenson, Mark Consuelos, John Pankow, Gerald McRaney, B.D. Wong, Murray Bartlett, Brian Anthony Wilson, Gary Cole, Kristen Johnston, Kenny & Kerri Perkins, Emo Phillips, George Takei, Alonzo Williams, Mira Sorvino, LaDonna Scott, Rob Riggle, Constance Zimmer, Kim Coates, Kevin Pollak, Jimmy Tatro, Alan Alda, Cory Hardrict, Stephen Root, John Slattery, Sean Astin, Alfred Molina, William Sadler, Tina Lifford, Byron Minns, Chad Lowe, Laura Heisler, Adam Pally, Ramon Rodriguez, James Lesure, Fran Drescher, J. Winston Hudson, Chris Williams, Mimi Kennedy, Andrea Martin, Michael Rapaport, Gina Gershon, Marcus Scribner, Method Man, Michael Rapaport, Russell Simons, Edwina Findley.