Fans of black-ish can now rest easy knowing the series has been renewed by ABC for a sixth season. The network has also green-lit a new spin-off, mixed-ish, which will chronicle Rainbow Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) experience growing up in a mixed-race home in the 1980s, Deadline reports.
A backdoor pilot episode for the future series titled “Becoming Bow” was originally scheduled to air May 7 but will now be held until next season to better align with the premiere date of the new show.
“Written by Peter Saji and Kenya Barris, in mixed-ish, Rainbow Johnson (Ross) recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves,” reports Deadline. “Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.”
Young Rainbow will be portrayed by God Friended Me actress Arica Himmel, and Nobody’s Fool star Tika Sumpter will play her mother.
Mixed-ish is the second black-ish spinoff; the first was Yara Shahidi’s grown-ish, which currently airs on Freeform.
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