When Black-ish first premiered on ABC back in 2014, the show was a hit. The storyline followed the lives of the Johnsons, an endearing, upperclass African-American family as they explored personal and socioeconomic issues. The sitcom paved the way for more diversity and inclusion on major television networks, and earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations among other honors.
In fact, viewers loved the show so much that the show’s creators produced its first spin-off show, Grown-ish, last year on Freeform. Starring Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, the spin-off follows the teenager as she goes off to college and makes her foray into the adult world on her own. Now, according to Deadline, Black-ish has been confirmed for a sixth 2019-2020 season and will be expanding to create a second spin-off program, Mixed-ish.
Instead of focusing solely on the other three Johnson children, Mixed-ish will center on Rainbow “Bow” Johnson, the family matriarch played by Tracee Ellis Ross. The twist? Bow is going to be an adolescent! According to Deadline, Mixed-ish will discuss Bow’s “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,” a struggle that many mixed-raced individuals still face today.
Young Bow Johnson will be played by Arica Himmel (Before You Know It, God Friended Me), while Tika Sumpter (Gossip Girl, Think Like A Man, One Life to Live) will star as Alicia Johnson, Christina Anthony (Dog Moms, Key and Peele) as Denise, Mykal-Michelle Harris (Big Little Lies) as Santamonica Johnson and Ethan Childress (Black-ish) as Johan Johnson.
Though there’s no anticipated release date for the prequel series, ABC Studios will likely release additional information once production begins.