ABC Renews ‘black-ish’ for Eighth and Final Season, ‘mixed-ish’ Canceled After Two Seasons

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tika Sumpter, mixed-ish
Sami Drasin/ABC | Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tika Sumpter ("mixed-ish")

Leading up to its fall 2021-2022 announcement next week, ABC has given “black-ish” an eighth season renewal order which will also serve as the show’s final season. Spinoff “mixed-ish,” however, will not return after just two seasons on the air.

“In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for – and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!” wrote “black-ish” creator and executive producer Kenya Barris on Instagram, announcing the show’s conclusion next season.

From the creators of “black-ish,” the season two finale of “mixed-ish” airing on Tuesday, May 18 will now serve as the show’s series finale. The concept followed the story of a young Rainbow “Bow” Johnson (played by Tracee Ellis Ross as an adult in the parent series) and her family as they recount the experience of being a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the dilemmas they face as they navigate a world where the kids are perceived as neither black nor white. While the parents deal with the social dynamics of fitting into the suburbs, Rainbow and her siblings find themselves figuring out how to fit in when everyone else can’t decide where they belong.

Former “One Life to Live” and “The Haves and the Have Notes” star Tika Sumpter played Alicia Johnson, Rainbow’s mother, and “Saved by the Bell” alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar portrayed Paul Johnson, Rainbow’s father.

“Thank you #Mixedish fam! We love you so much, always will! Onward and upward!!” wrote Sumpter on Twitter following the news of the show’s cancellation.

You can read Barris’ full statement on the “black-ish” renewal below along with a highlight reel when click you on the play button.