‘Mixed-ish’ Team on Why ‘All Stories About “Others” Are Necessary’

Posted in Articles, Arts, Media Archive, United States on 2019-09-16 18:54Z by Steven

‘Mixed-ish’ Team on Why ‘All Stories About “Others” Are Necessary’


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Gary Cole, Christina Anthony, Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Peter Saji, Karin Gist, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Ethan William Childress and Arica HimmelABC 'Mixed-ish' TV show presentation, Arrivals, PaleyFest, Los Angeles, USA - 14 Sep 2019
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The producers and cast of “Mixed-ish” are not out to tell a singular black and white story — but one that showcases and celebrates all shades in between.

“It’s important for me across the board in all of my work to talk about ‘otherness’ and identity and real, grounded characters,” showrunner Karin Gist told Variety at the PaleyFest Fall Previews panel for the new ABC comedy on Saturday. “This is just another example of that — an example of putting something up for everybody to talk about think about have conversations about through these characters that you fall in love with. It’s a story about ‘others’ that I think is necessary and I think all stories about ‘others’ are necessary.”

In the newest addition to Kenya Barris’ “ish” universe, Gist and fellow executive producer Peter Saji shine a light on “Black-ish” Johnson family matriarch Rainbow’s (played by Tracee Ellis Ross in “Black-ish” and Arica Himmel in “Mixed-ish”) origin story. The pilot begins when the hippie commune in which she was raised gets raided and her family has to move to the suburbs. The young Rainbow and her siblings (Mykal-Michelle Harris, Ethan William Childress) are left to navigate race and capitalism in the “real world.”…

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