black-ish Prequel Spinoff Centered on Young-ish Bow Eyed at ABCTVLine — Michael Ausiello
ABC is chasing Rainbow’s origin story: The network is developing a black-ish prequel/spinoff centered on a pre-teen version of Tracee Ellis Ross’ matriarch, TVLine has learned.
The prospective series — which would mark the second extension of the black-ish franchise, following Freeform’s Zoey-centric grown-ish (which was just renewed for Season 3) — is set in the ’80s and follows a 12-year-old Bow, who is described as emotionally and intellectually brilliant but also clueless, confused and awkward.
The project would also feature late-30s versions of Bow’s mom and late dad, previously played on black-ish by Anna Deveare Smith and Beau Bridges.
An ABC spokesperson confirms that a Bow-centric episode of black-ish is slated to air later this season, but the rep stopped short of calling it a “backdoor pilot” or a “spinoff pilot.”