‘Black-ish’ renewed by ABC, ‘Mixed-ish’ prequel gets series order

The “Black-ish” universe is expanding again.

In addition to renewing the family comedy for a sixth season, ABC has also picked up the Bow-centric prequel series, the network announced on Thursday. Titled “Mixed-ish,” the new comedy is set in the 1980s and stars Arica Himmel as a young version of Rainbow Johnson, the character played by Tracee Ellis Ross in the flagship comedy.

Per ABC, the new series will see Rainbow Johnson recount “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. 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.”

PHOTOS: Arica Himmel, who plays Rainbow Johnson

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Arica Himmel attends the opening night after party for the new play 'The Layover' at Dos Caminos on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Actress Arica Himmel attends The Orphaned Starfish Foundation's 15th Anniversary Celebration Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
BLACK-ISH - "Becoming Bow" - After Dre and the kids question Bow's unusual upbringing, we flashback to a young, 12-year old Rainbow living in a commune with her family. When the commune is unexpectedly raided, they are upended and must move to the suburbs. The mixed-race family has difficulty acclimating to this new, mainstream life and the kids struggle with their biracial identity as they try to fit in at their new school, on a special, all-new episode of "black-ish," TUESDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS, ARICA HIMMEL, CHRISTINA ANTHONY
BLACK-ISH - "Becoming Bow" - After Dre and the kids question Bow's unusual upbringing, we flashback to a young, 12-year old Rainbow living in a commune with her family. When the commune is unexpectedly raided, they are upended and must move to the suburbs. The mixed-race family has difficulty acclimating to this new, mainstream life and the kids struggle with their biracial identity as they try to fit in at their new school, on a special, all-new episode of "black-ish," TUESDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ARICA HIMMEL
BLACK-ISH - "Becoming Bow" - After Dre and the kids question Bow's unusual upbringing, we flashback to a young, 12-year old Rainbow living in a commune with her family. When the commune is unexpectedly raided, they are upended and must move to the suburbs. The mixed-race family has difficulty acclimating to this new, mainstream life and the kids struggle with their biracial identity as they try to fit in at their new school, on a special, all-new episode of "black-ish," TUESDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27: Arica Himmel attends the "Before You Know It" Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Library Center Theater on January 27, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27: Actor Arica Himmel attends the 'Before You Know It' party at Acura Festival Village At The Sundance Film Festival 2019 on January 27, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Acura)
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Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris and Ethan Childress are also set to star in the ABC Studios series.

“Black-ish” executive producer Peter Saji and creator Kenya Barris are writers and executive producers on the spinoff along with Ross, Randall Winston, Brian Dobbins, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Anthony Anderson.

“Mixed-ish” marks the third show in the “Black-ish” universe, following the Yara Shahidi-led “Grown-ish,” which is heading into its second season on ABC’s sister network Freeform this summer. The new spinoff was originally planned to be introduced via a backdoor pilot titled “Becoming Bow” later this season, but the episode will now be held for next season.

The critically acclaimed “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Mackenzie and Deon Cole. Barris is creator and executive producer alongside Jonathan Groff, Kenny Smith, Gail Lerner, Courtney Lilly, Lindsey Shockley, Peter Saji, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins.

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