There’s Black-ish, Grown-ish, Mixed-ish, and now…Old-ish.
The latest spin-off of the Kenya Barris’ Black-ish franchise has been put into development. ABC is bringing Old-ish to life with Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis reprising their Black-ish roles.
Barris will pen the new series, which is currently in development at the Alphabet network. He will also serve as an executive producer of Old-ish.
The ish-spinoff centers on Fishburne’s Earl and Lewis’ Ruby — the parents of Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish character Dre — as they give love a second chance. The couple move to a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of L.A., where 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.
Fishburne and Lewis have played Earl and Ruby on black-ish since the ABC comedy’s freshman season back in 2014. Fishburne has been recurring as Earl (aka Pops) for all six seasons, while Lewis has been a series regular since Season 2 after recurring during the first season.
Barris executive produces with Fishburne and Helen Sugland via Cinema Gypsy, along with Artists’ First’s E. Brian Dobbins and Anthony Anderson. Jenifer Lewis will serve as a producer. ABC Signature is the studio.
If it makes it on the air, Old-ish would be the third spinoff to spring from Black-ish. Grown-ish, starring Yara Shahidi as Dre’s daughter Zoey, is about to enter its fourth season on Freeform, and Mixed-ish — a flashback to the ’80s childhood of Tracee Ellis Ross’ Bow — debuted on ABC last fall and is slated to return for a second season.
And the mothership Black-ish, is heading into its seventh season on ABC. It will air an election-themed, partially animated special ahead of the new season debut. Directed by Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry, the back-to-back episodes will be broadcast on October 4 on ABC.