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A black-ish prequel story is coming: Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter to play young Bow's parents

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We’re going back-ish in time with Rainbow Johnson.

Tracee Ellis Rossblack-ish matriarch is getting an origin-story episode that will air later this season (and likely will serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off), EW can confirm.

The 1980s-set episode will star former Champions star Anders Holm and The Haves and the Have Nots‘ Tika Sumpter as the parents of a young Rainbow. (The adult versions of Bow’s parents, Paul and Alicia, are played on black-ish by Anna Deveare Smith and Beau Bridges.) Young Bow will be played by Arica Himmel, who has appeared on CBS’s God Friended Me, recurred alongside Amy Sedaris on Go90’s Thanksgiving, and starred Off Broadway in Second Stage’s Production of The Layover.

The episode will also star Veep actor Gary Cole — as Bow’s paternal grandfather — as well as Ethan William Childress, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Christina Anthony.

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