The popular ABC television show Black-ish just got renewed for a 6th season and fans are super excited. The show follows the fictional Johnson family around their everyday life dealing with the struggles of raising kids and dealing with stereotypes being black in America. While the show is not an entirely new concept, it does provide a fresh look into the lives of the affluent African American family and all of the nuances associated with being black in America. The networked also picked up the highly anticipated Mixed-ish spin-off.
Black-ish stars a slew of decorated African-American actors including Anthony Anderson Tracee Ellis Ross, Lawrence Fishburne, Jennifer Lewis, Yara Shahidi and more. In 2017, Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe for her stellar acting performances in the series the Black-ish show received a Peabody Award in 2016. The first 5 seasons of Black-ish were smash hits with viewers and people who loved the initial seasons are in for just as much goodness during season 6. The season is set to pick up where season 5 ended and it rumored to host many funny and impactful scenes.
During the announcement of the season 6 renewal, ABC also announced that they would be producing a spin-off of Black-ish titled Mixed-ish. The spin-off series is set to follow a younger version of the family featured in Black-ish in which the main female character is named Bow played by Tracey Ellis Ross. on Mixed-Ish Bow is a younger version of Rainbow Johnson, played by Arica Himmel. Mixed- Ish will deal with Bow facing the dilemmas that her mixed-race family faced due to having to make a decision to “assimilate or stay true to themselves.” In Mixed-ish, Bow’s parents decide to move from a hippy commune to a suburban area in order to provide a better life for their kids.
The main description of the spin-off series released by ABC states, “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.” The show is definitely going to tackle some hot button issues just like it’s big brother Black-ish which many people are excited for. Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson are executive producers on the show which will allow for cohesive flow within the “ish” franchise. Mixed-ish scheduled to be broadcast throughout the 2019-2020 season.
In addition to Mixed-ish, Grown-ish, the first spin-off in the popular franchise, is returning for a 2nd season. Grown-ish, which features Black-ish star Yara Shahidi, follows the Johnson family’s eldest daughter Zoey through life away at college and her journey to womanhood. The twist comes from her constant reminders that things don’t always go her way now that she is out of her parent’s home.
With viewership at an all-time high, ABC’s investment in the franchise created by Kenya Barris, proves that African American casts can still carry major network shows in primetime.