ABC has tapped former “Star” showrunner Karin Gist to helm the network’s upcoming “Black-ish” spinoff “Mixed-ish,” TheWrap has learned.
Gist, who executive-produced the last two seasons of the musical drama “Star” prior to its recent cancellation at Fox, is currently under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. The move to have her serve as showrunner on the ABC Studios comedy marks the first crossover between the pair of Disney studios.
“Mixed-ish” will reunite Gist with series creator Kenya Barris and executive producer Tracee Ellis Ross, with whom she previously worked on the UPN comedy “Girlfriends.”
Written by Barris and “Black-ish” EP Peter Saji, “Mixed-ish,” is set in the 1980s and stars Arica Himmel as a young version of Rainbow Johnson, the character played by Ross in the flagship comedy. Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris and Ethan Childress also star on the series.
The prequel spinoff is one of three new shows set to debut on ABC in the fall, alongside the genre thriller “Emergence” and the Cobie Smulders private-eye drama “Stumptown.”
In addition to “Star,” Gist’s credits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Revenge” for ABC, as well as “House of Lies,” “Girlfriends” and “One Tree Hill.”