‘Black-ish’ renewed, to be joined on ABC by spinoff ‘Mixed-ish’

BLACK-ISH – "Is It Desert or Dessert" – Dre has concerns about Jack and Diane spending the weekend with their friends' family in the desert. Meanwhile, Pops is forced to come to terms with how he treats women after he helps set Junior up on "black-ish," TUESDAY, MAY 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

The “Black-ish” family is growing again.

ABC Thursday announced it is renewing the comedy about the Johnson family for a sixth season and that it will add a spinoff, ‘Mixed-ish,” for the 2019-2020 season.

“Mixed-ish” is based on a younger version of “Black-ish” character Rainbow Johnson, focusing on her upbringing in a mixed-race family in the 1980s.

Another “Black-ish” spinoff, “Grown-ish,” returns for the second half of Season 2 this summer on ABC’s sister cable network, Freeform. It stars Yara Shahidi, one of the Johnson children from “Black-ish.”

“Black-ish,” which stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, has received a Peabody Award. Ross has a Golden Globe win, too. 

In “Mixed-ish,” the younger Rainbow (called Bow, played by Arica Himmel) recounts the dilemmas her family faced “over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves” when her parents decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to support their family, according to a description of the series.

“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,” according to the ABC description. 

“Mixed-ish” also stars Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson, Christina Anthony as Denise, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica Johnson and Ethan Childress as Johan Johnson. Peter Saji and Kenya Barris are writers and executive producers, with Ross and Anderson also serving as executive producers.




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