Tracee Ross Lands New ABC Pilot

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By Stephanie Allen-Gobert

Anthony Anderson has added actress Tracee Ellis Ross to the cast of his new ABC pilot, formerly titled “Black-ish”. Tracee is best known for her lead role on UPN/CW series, Girlfriends as Joan Clayton. She also recently starred in the BET sitcom, Reed, as Dr. Carla Reed. She is the daughter of legendary Motown singer/actress, Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Anderson is an American actor and writer. He has starred in his own sitcom, All About The Andersons, as well as the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during the fifth and final season of the show. He is also known for his leading roles in television dramas such as K-Ville, The Shield and Law & Order. He has also had supporting roles in films such as Transformers, The Departed, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Scream 4, and Kangaroo Jack.

The comedy series will center on an upper middle class black man played by Anderson, who is working hard to raise his “assimilated, color blind” children with some sense of cultural identity. His attempts however, are often met by the polar opposite behavior and contradictions of his liberal wife and “old school” father, who according to Madamenoire.com will be played by Laurence Fishburne. Tracee will be starring alongside Anderson as his wife.

Kenya Barris (The Game) penned the script and will executive produce along with Anderson for ABC studios and Laurence Fishburne’s company Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. The series is currently untitled.

Let’s hope the show proves to be full of the laughs. Ross and Anderson together should make for an interesting cast and collaboration. In addition, possibly seeing Fishburne in a comedy outside his normal action packed thrillers and dramas, should be a must watch TV show.