ABC is really reinvesting in Black-ish. The network announced recently, that in addition to renewing the hit show for a sixth season, it is also officially going ahead with a spin-off focusing on the younger years of Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross).
News of the possible prequel was first reported in February, but ABC has now confirmed that Mixed-ish has a green light and will air next year.
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ABC also announced that Mixed-ish will be narrated by Ross.
Mixed-ish stars Arica Himmel as a younger version of Rainbow and is set in the 1980s. Its pickup was also expected among industry insiders, with the pilot garnering tons of attention behind the scenes. Christina Anthony, Tika Sumpter, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Ethan Childress will also be featured in the new spinoff series.
In the spinoff, preteen Bow and her mixed-ethnicity family face the dilemma of assimilation or staying “true to themselves,” according to ABC. Bow and her siblings also must adapt to suburbia and a mainstream school after their parents move from a commune.
This effectively completes a Black-ish trifecta, with Grown-ish, the spin-off starring Yara Shahidi, now on its second season on ABC’s cable network, Freeform.