From executive producers of black-ish and grown-ish, mixed-ish is has released a trailer.
Mixed-ish is a Black-ish prequel centered on Tracee Ellis Ross’s character Rainbow Johnson. She recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. The year is 1985 and Rainbow is 12, mixed, and the new kid at school.
Present-day Rainbow says in voiceover. “Imagine being the new kid when no one in the world is like you. But you have to understand: today’s mixed kids can look up to rappers, ballerinas, athletes, a president, and a princess. The only heroes we had were DeBarge.”
The show is set in the 1980s as her parents (Tika Sumpter, Anders Holm), move from a hippie commune to the suburbs. The single camera comedy, written by Barris and Peter Saji, explores issues the mixed-race family faces.
The project was poised to air as a backdoor pilot in season five but is now being held for next season. Ellis will serve as the narrator on the series.
ABC has tapped former ‘Star’ showrunner Karin Gist to helm Mixed-ish. Gist, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, will executive produce with Saji, Barris, Ross, Randall Winston, Artists First’s Brian Dobbins, Cinema Gypsy’s Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland and Anthony Anderson.