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His mom wanted him to be a cantor like her. He chose show business

By Madeleine Marr

mmarr@miamiherald.com

Yara Sayeh Shahidi, star of ABC sitcom Black-ish, who got her own spinoff called Grown-ish
Yara Sayeh Shahidi, star of ABC sitcom Black-ish, who got her own spinoff called Grown-ish

Danny Segal is really moving up on the Hollywood ranks.

The television writer is best known for co-writing ABC’s award winning comedy “Black-ish” spinoff “Grown-ish” (on Freeform, formerly ABC Family) with his team at Khalabo Ink Society, based in Santa Monica, California. Segal’s latest venture is called “Bright Futures,” and it will air on ABC, reports Deadline.

“Bright Futures” — about a group of fumbling, stumbling millennials— sounds a little like “Friends” meets the technology era.

Segal has a South Florida connection: His mother is Lisa Segal, a cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach.

Segal joined the synagogue in 2011, overseeing the bar and bat mitzvahs. Before that she she had been with Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest for more than 20 years.

Dad, Jimmy Segal, is president of a third generation business called Electrical Supplies Inc. (ESI).

“I wanted Danny to be a cantor and Jimmy wanted Danny to go into the electrical supplies business, but I suppose this works, too,” Lisa Segal said of her son’s career. “Jimmy and I are so proud of him not just for his accomplishments for for the wonderful person he has always been.”

The Miami native, 28, was always funny, mom says, and as a teen at Miami Palmetto High School, Danny took TV Production classes and did the morning announcements.

“His favorite hobby was to make comedy videos with his friends,” said Segal of the telecommunications major at the University of Florida.. “They loved to make homemade, humorous films about themselves, even filming each other in the middle of hurricanes.”

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