Mark-Paul Gosselaar in The Passage

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A door closed for Mark-Paul Gosselaar when "The Passage" was canceled in May, but now another has opened.

The actor has joined ABC's upcoming "Black-ish" spinoff, "Mixed-ish," Deadline reports. He'll star as Paul Johnson, the father of Rainbow, who is played by Tracee Ellis Ross in "Black-ish." Gosselaar is stepping in to replace Anders Holm, who portrayed Paul in the pilot.

The series is a prequel to "Black-ish" that was written by Peter Saji and Kenya Barris. It follows a younger Rainbow (Arica Himmell) and her family as they move from a hippie commune to the suburbs. With Gosselaar and Tika Sumpter playing Bow's parents, it shows the experience as a mixed-race family in the '80s.

Gosselaar is coming off a season starring in "The Passage." Over the years, he has had several notable TV roles, starting with his stint as Zack Morris on "Saved by the Bell" in the late '80s and early '90s. The actor went on to be a regular on shows like "NYPD Blue," "Raising the Bar," and "Franklin & Bash."

Saji and Barris are executive producing "Mixed-ish" alongside showrunner Karin Gist, Ross, Anthony Anderson, Randall Winston, Artists First's Brian Dobbins, and Cinema Gypsy's Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland. The show comes from ABC Studios.

"Mixed-ish" will premiere this fall.

[via: Deadline]