Black-ish has been a huge franchise that gave us spinoffs for “Grown-ish” & “Mixed-ish’, but it will come to an end in its 8th season.
Creator Kenya Barris has been praised for his vision of creating a modern day “Cosby Show” with also following suit with a new age “Different World“, but the franchise who also brought us “Mixed-ish” is coming to an end. He admits to being a major contributor to the shows ending. He stated on his official instagram that “it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end.”
“This show has changed my life in so many ways and I am so proud of the conversations we’ve started along the way,” Kenya added in his lengthy caption. “None of this would have been possible without our audience and supporters, who have championed the show every step of the journey; allowing us to change not just the narrative of Black Families, but of Family, Culture, and the World in general. All the while allowing us to talk about things that people were not supposed to talk about period… especially on a network television comedy.”
According to Deadline, the series created by Kenya, Tracee Ellis Ross and Peter Saji has been canceled after two seasons. The series followed the younger years of Black-ish’s Rainbow Johnson and starred Arica Himmel, Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Christina Anthony, Ethan William Childress, Mykal-Michelle Harris and Gary Cole.
“I’m so grateful for every single cast member, writer, crew member and executive who went on this journey with me,” co-creator Peter Saji wrote via Instagram. “Thanks to you, at least three of my kids will be able to get braces. But this is one of the greatest places I’ve ever had the pleasure of working, and it’s because you all are so amazing. Thank you. And I won’t say I’ll miss you because I’ll make sure we all cross paths again soon.”
“It’s never the end. Ever. Onward and continually upward. Love y’all!” co-star Tika wrote on her Instagram page, featuring an optimistic graphic that read, “What feels like the end is often the beginning.”
The season seven finale episode of Black-ish was entitled “Urban Legend” and aired this past Tuesday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Grown-ish on Freeform and the upcoming spinoff Old-ish, starring Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis, which is coming to ABC will be the programs to carry on the “Black-ish” franchise.