Exclusive first look at 'black-ish' Rainbow prequel

Double Rainbow!

Tracee Ellis Ross’ black-ish character, Rainbow Johnson, is getting a prequel episode— and EW has an exclusive first look at her origin story.

The 1980s-set episode — which is assumed to be a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff series— stars 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 Deavere Smith and Beau Bridges.)

Young Bow is 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 also stars Veep actor Gary Cole as Bow’s paternal grandfather, as well as Ethan William Childress, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Christina Anthony.

The special episode of black-ish will air Tuesday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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