At their upfronts presentation Tuesday, ABC debuted the trailers for their three new fall entries, including mixed-ish.
The fact that mixed-ish received an early series order ahead of upfronts shows the network's heavy confidence in the second black-ish series, following Freeform's grown-ish. Initially set to air this season, the mixed-ish backdoor pilot will air as an episode of black-ish next season.
The updated description for the show: In mixed-ish, Rainbow Johnson recounts 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.
The series stars Arica Himmel as Bow Johnson, Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson, Christina Anthony as Denise, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica Johnson and Ethan Childress as Johan Johnson. Anders Holm appears in the trailer as Rainbow's father and Alica's husband, but the role will be recast.
Watch the trailer below:
For mixed-ish, Peter Saji and Kenya Barris are writers and executive producers along with Tracee Ellis Ross, Randall Winston, Artists First (Brian Dobbins), Cinema Gypsy (Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland) and Anthony Anderson. It is also produced by ABC Studios.
Also check out the trailers for ABC's two other new fall series, Emergence (which co-stars Donald Faison) and Stumptown (which co-stars Michael Ealy).