Mariah Carey is set to sing the theme song for ABC’s upcoming black-ish spinoff, mixed-ish. She may also appear in the series down the line.
During the show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel, showrunner Karen Gist said that Carey has “expressed interest in doing an episode.” The TCA panel consisted of Gist, executive producer Peter Saji, executive producer and black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and cast members Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Arica Himmel, Ethan William Childress, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Christina Anthony and Gary Cole.
In a statement, Carey said, “As a fan of Kenya Barris’ megahit shows, black-ish and grown-ish, I was inspired to connect with Kenya to find a way we could work together. As a biracial woman in the entertainment industry, there was no way I did not want to be a part of mixed-ish, especially after seeing the pilot, which I loved. I could not be more honored and proud to be writing and performing ‘In the Mix’ for Kenya and the show.”
On the show, Gist said, “What we are aiming to do is to have a conversation about race in the ’80s that was safer in that world to discuss that are relevant to what we are going through now as a nation.” Saji added, “We are trying to make the present relevant to the past. The journey of this family is going to be dealing with everything from both sides of the situation.”
The 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 Himmel as Bow Johnson, Sumpter as Alicia Johnson, Gosselaar as Paul Jackson (initially Anders Holm in the pilot), Anthony as Denise, Harris as Santamonica Johnson and Childress as Johan Johnson.
mixed-ish debuts this fall.
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