ABC Can't Get Enough Black-ish, Renewing Hit Show and Adding Spinoff, Mixed-ish

 Brian Dobbins, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Jeff Meacham, Miles Brown, Jonathan Groff, Deon Cole, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Peter Mackenzie, winners of the Outstanding Comedy Series for ‘Black-ish,’ attend the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
Brian Dobbins, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Jeff Meacham, Miles Brown, Jonathan Groff, Deon Cole, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Peter Mackenzie, winners of the Outstanding Comedy Series for ‘Black-ish,’ attend the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
Photo: Liliane Lathan (Getty Images for NAACP)

Take Rainbow, Tracee Ellis Ross’ eclectic character from Black-ish, but make her a teenage.

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That’s the concept behind the popular ABC sitcom’s spinoff prequel, Mixed-ish, which the network just handed out an early series order for, according to The Hollywood Reporter. ABC also confirmed it’s renewing the hit comedy for a sixth season.

Here’s what we know about Mixed-ish so far:

It’s slated to take place in the ’80s, revolving around a teenage Bow (Arica Himmell) as she and her (duh) mixed-race family adjust from living in a hippie commune to life in the suburbs. Tika Sumpter will play Bow’s mother, with Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris and Ethan Childress also slated to join the cast.

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This effectively completes a Black-ish trifecta, with Grown-ish, the spinoff starring Yara Shahidi, now on its second season on ABC’s cable network, Freeform.

Now is also a good time to revisit what The Root’s beloved Tonja Renée Stidhum wrote back in February, when a possible spin-off was first announced.

Because I love guessing games, I predict the title to be either:

1. Teen-ish

2. Bow-ish

3. Mixed-ish

We’ll check back to see if I called it. Deal? Deal.

Is it only a matter of time before we get a Marsai Martin-centered spinoff—especially after her delightful performance in Little? You know the saying, once you go Black-ish, you...order every conceivable spinoff you can-ish.

Staff writer, The Root.

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DISCUSSION

Mix-ish is a Messy-ish name but I’m glad for Tika Sumpter getting away from the Tyler Perry camp, even if she did make a pit stop in Hell via that live action Sonic The Hedgehog cinematic trauma.