Black-ish creator Kenya Barris Jenifer Lewis and Laurence Fishburne will reprise their roles as Ruby and Earl "Pops" Johnson, the parents of Anthony Anderson's Dre Johnson, in the upcoming ABC series Old-ish - the third spinoff of the popular Kenya Barris series Black-ish. Though Barris has since departed ABC for an overall deal at Netflix, he'll be returning to pen the script and executive produce the new series. Fishburne, Anthony Anderson, and Artists First's E. Brian Dobbins will also executive produce.
Old-ish will follow Ruby and Earl "as they give love a second chance. When they move to a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of L.A., they'll meet characters who represent the old and new faces of the community as they try to make it work as a married couple. Again."
Created by Barris, Black-Ish first premiered on ABC in 2014 and has since been on the air for six seasons, earning a variety of accolades and critical acclaim from the start. The sitcom follows a Black upper middle class family, the Johnsons, which includes Dre (Anthony Anderson), Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner), Jack (Miles Brown), and Diane (Marsai Martin). The series also stars Jeff Meacham, Deon Cole, and Peter Mackenzie in series regular roles. Lewis and Fishburne have also appeared on the series in recurring roles, the parts that they'll be expanding upon in their own upcoming spinoff.
Of course, this won't be the first spinoff series to be spawned from Black-ish. The spinoff Grown-ish, which follows Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson after she leaves the nest and goes to college, premiered to great success of its own on Freeform in 2018. Proving to be a hit for the network, the show has since been on the air for three seasons, and earlier this year, Freeform had put in the order for a fourth.
Meanwhile, another spinoff, dubbed Mixed-ish, premiered last year on ABC. Serving as a prequel series set in the 1980s, the spinoff stars Arica Himmel as a 12-year-old Rainbow, though Tracee Ellis Ross narrates as the adult Rainbow Johnson. The series also highlights Rainbow's experiences growing up in a mixed-race family during the '80s when they move from a hippie commune to the suburbs. Like Grown-ish, the show has also proven to be successful, and the network renewed the series for season two back in May.
Ahead of the premiere of Black-ish season seven on ABC, an election special is set to air on the network. The one-hour special will air on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10/9c. It will feature two back-to-back episodes following the Johnson family preparing for the upcoming presidential election. One episode will see Junior learning his name has been purged from the voter rolls when he tries to vote for the first time, while the second episode focuses on Dre getting involved in a political campaign when a co-worker decides to run for Congress. As of now, ABC has not yet named the official premiere date for the seventh season of Black-ish.
This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.