MIXED-ISH: Actress Arica Himmell on Season 1 of the ABC spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Arica Himmel as Bow in MIXED-ISH | ©2018/Brian Bowen Smith

MIXED-ISH, now in its first season Tuesday nights on ABC, is spun off from BLACK-ISH. In BLACK-ISH, Tracee Ellis Ross plays doctor, wife and family woman Rainbow Johnson. MIXED-ISH, which Ross created with Kenya Barris (who also created BLACK-ISH) & Peter Saji, chronicles Rainbow’s childhood. Arica Himmel plays the young Rainbow in MIXED-ISH (Ross narrates the show as Rainbow’s adult self). As MIXED-ISH begins, we’re in the ‘80s. Rainbow, her two younger siblings and their parents, black mom Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white dad Paul (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) move from a free-spirited commune to suburbia, where the kids must deal with […]Read On »

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MIXED-ISH: Mark-Paul Gosselaar returns to comedy – Exclusive Interview

Mark-Paul Gosselaar in MIXED-ISH - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Brian Bowen Smith

MIXED-ISH, Tuesday nights on ABC, is a prequel spinoff of that network’s BLACK-ISH. Created by Kenya Barris (who also created BLACK-ISH) & Peter Saji & Tracee Ellis Ross, MIXED-ISH explores the childhood of Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Rainbow (played in MIXED-ISH by Arica Himmel – Ross narrates as Rainbow’s adult self), her two siblings and their parents, black mother Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white father Paul, who is played in MIXED-ISH by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. (We’ve already met Paul’s older self as played in a recurring role by Beau Bridges on BLACK-ISH.)  We encounter the family as they’re forced to move from […]Read On »

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BLACK-ISH: Marsai Martin on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Marsai Martin in BLACK-ISH | ©2016 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Marsai Martin plays younger daughter Diane Johnson on ABC’s half-hour comedy BLACK-ISH. The series, created by Kenya Barris, about an upper-middle-class black family, returns for the second half of its third season on Wednesday, January 11. Diane’s parents are successful Dre (series executive producer Anthony Anderson) and doctor Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross). She has an older sister, college-bound Zoey (played by the likewise-higher-education-headed Yara Shahidi), and brothers Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) and Jack (Miles Brown). Grandparents Pops (Laurence Fishburne, another executive producer) and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) are also often on hand as the family finds humor in topics like God, […]Read On »

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BLACK-ISH creator Kenya Barris on his new ABC comedy – Interview

Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, special guest star, Laurence Fishburne as Pops Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., and Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson in BLACK-ISH | ©2014 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Kenya Barris created the new ABC comedy BLACK-ISH, Wednesdays at 9:30 PM, with an eye to putting something like his own family life on television. BLACK-ISH stars Barris’ fellow executive producers Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne.  Anderson plays Andre “Dre” Johnson, a successful, self-made man with a wife and three children, plus an opinionated father, portrayed by Fishburne. Dre is trying to balance wanting his children to grow up with a sense of racial inclusiveness while still maintaining their cultural roots. These issues are germane to both Barris and Anderson in their real lives. As Barris tells members of the […]Read On »

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