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Anna Maria Horsford Will Play Winston's Mother On 'New Girl'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 1, 2012 5:45 PM
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Anna Maria Horsford

Anna Maria Horsford (an actress who's worked consistently since the late 1970s, in both film and on TV) is joining the cast of the Fox Comedy, New Girl, playing the mother of Lamorne Morris's character, Winston Bishop.

As Winston’s tough mother, Charmaine Bishop - a Chicagoan who raised all of her children to become professional basketball players - Horsford will be the second black actress to be cast in the series, following last week's news that Niecy Nash, co-star of TV Land's The Soul Man, had joined the series, playing a thieving hooker.

Zoey Deschanel stars in New Girl as an offbeat young woman, who moves into an apartment loft with three single men, after a break-up; Lamorne Morris is one of the 3 single men.

New Girl returns to Fox at 8/7c and 9/8c on Tuesday, September 25.

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  • Akimbo | August 1, 2012 6:48 PMReply

    Unless you mean "second black actress" THIS SEASON, that's very wrong. Just off the top of my head, Kali Hawk recurred as Winston's girlfriend, Jazz Raycole guest starred as a college co-ed, and Raven Goodwin guest starred as a high school student and member of Jess' handbell team. Would love it if Winston's mom moved in and Winston moved out; he's dull and it has nothing to do with the writing.

  • Akimbo | August 2, 2012 2:06 AM

    Sorry, but all of the guys are losers: Nick is an aimless, sad sack law school dropout who hides under a hoodie and Schmidt is a wannabe douche who can't see that everyone's laughing at him. Both of those actors make the characters interesting, Lamorne Morris just isn't good. Wish I could blame it on the writing, but Winston gets good lines, a decent storyline and they always fall flat. I'm glad Happy Endings was renewed because it came back hilarious, but New Girl would have been so much better with Damon Wayans, Jr or just someone else. The one time the black friend is more than just a token and they cast someone wack.

  • jeni | August 2, 2012 1:48 AM

    Winston's dull, but most of that dullness is due to the writing. They made him a loser from jump--former international b'ball player that ends up babysitting a little white boy to make ends meet?! It wasn't funny, just sad.

    I can cut him some slack bc the actor had to join an already-formed cast "family" when he stepped in as the new roomie after Damon Wayans left for Happy Endings, so there was likely a quick adjustment period. His storyline eventually improved, and the situation was much better by season's end.

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