Mark-Paul Gosselaar has been cast in ABC’s Black-ish spinoff, Mixed-ish. Gosselaar will star as Paul Johnson the father of Rainbow Johnson.

What’s happening:

  • According to Deadline, Mark-Paul Gosselaar has been cast as the male lead in Mixed-ish the spinoff of ABC’s hit series, Black-ish.
  • Mixed-ish follows a younger Rainbow Johnson and her siblings as they move from a hippie commune to the suburbs. Gosselaar will play Bow’s father Paul Johnson.
  • The role was originated by Anders Holm in the backdoor pilot episode of Black-ish.
  • Deadline says, Gosselaar only recently became available for the role after his Fox drama, The Passage was cancelled.


About Mixed-ish:

  • Mixed-ish, follows along as “Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.”
  • “Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white.”


  • Arica Himmel as young Bow Johnson
  • Christina Anthony as Denise
  • Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica Johnson
  • Ethan Childress as Johan Johnson
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Paul Johnson
  • Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson

Creative team:

  • Writers:
    • Peter Saji
    • Kenya Barris (Black-ish creator)
  • Executive Producers:
    • Peter Saji
    • Kenya Barris
    • Tracee Ellis Ross
    • Randall Winston
    • Brian Dobbins (Artists First)
    • Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland (Cinema Gypsy)
    • Anthony Anderson
    • Karin Gist
  • Showrunner:
    • Karin Gist
  • Director:
    • Anton Cropper


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