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ABC's Black-ish Ending After Season 8

Creator Kenya Barris called the news 'exciting and bittersweet'

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This Is Us isn’t the only long-running successful series that will end next season. Black-ish has been renewed for an eighth and final season, ABC said today.

Creator Kenya Barris made the announcement on his social media accounts, calling the news “both exciting and bittersweet.”

Created by Kenya Barris, Adweek’s Creator of the Year in 2018, Black-ish was based on Barris’ life and routinely tackles many important issues, including systemic racism and the movement for social justice and equality. The sitcom stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

“In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end,” Barris wrote, “and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for—and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!”

Anderson’s job as an ad agency exec also opened the show up to several organic integrations. Over the years, the show featured partnerships with brands like Microsoft and State Farm.

The show has spawned two spinoffs: Grown-ish, which airs on Freeform, and Mixed-ish, which airs on ABC.

The news comes ahead of Disney’s upfront presentation on Tuesday. That evening, Black-ish will air its Season 7 finale.