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Tia Mowry-Hardrict & Whoopi Goldberg Heading To NickMom w/ New Series

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 26, 2013 3:56 PM
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NickMom has announced the fall will premiere Instant Mom, its first original scripted comedy series, starring and produced by Tia Mowry-Hardrict

The half-hour series features Mowry-Hardrict as Stephanie, a party girl who trades in Cosmos for carpools when she marries Charlie (Michael Boatman), who already has three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role as a full-time stepmom while struggling to maintain some sense of her fun-loving, slightly irresponsible life. 

Sheryl Lee Ralph co-stars as Stephanie's mother Maggie, and rounding out the cast are Charlie's three kids played by Sydney Park, Tylen Williams and Damarr Calhoun.

The series is picked up for 13 episodes and will premiere in the primetime NickMom block on the Nick Jr. channel, with encore episodes airing on Nick at Nite.

Instant Mom is executive-produced by Howard Gould and Aaron Kaplan.

Secondly, NickMom also announced several new programming initiatives during its presentation at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills this morning. NickMom Senior Vice President, Bronwen O'Keefe, revealed development deals for four new series with Whoopi Goldberg among the producers.

In development, via her WHOOP Inc shingle, the Goldberg-exec-produced Lounge (working title), is described as a talk/variety series that features raw, honest and funny conversations between real, everyday moms who are given an opportunity to be pampered, celebrated and have their dreams come true.

NickMom is a primetime TV block for moms that airs daily from 10 pm - 2 am (ET/PT) on the Nick Jr. channel. The block features a mix of original long and short-form programming, including talk shows, stand-up and sketch comedy, scripted comedy, docu-series and more.

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7 Comments

  • Kelea | August 10, 2013 2:59 AMReply

    I honestly don't think it was said because Sheryl Lee Ralph is considerably darker than Tia. I think it was sincerely about the fact that Tia looks nothing like her, not that she has to resemble Tia to play her mom. Ah, reread and perhaps Dee was referring to Yogi's comment, or the adoption part. Anyway, I can see where ALM is coming from but it is possible she looks nothing like her mom. I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that she was adopted, just that she looks more like her dad or other relative. Besides, love Ralph so any chance she can get to be seen is fine with me!

  • dee | August 2, 2013 10:53 PMReply

    You know it ispossible for darker skinned blacks to produce ligher skinned blacks ijs. That comment was really ignorant.

  • Yogi | July 27, 2013 7:25 AMReply

    Victoria Rowell or Daphne Maxwell Reid would have made a better choice. No offense to Sheryl though!

  • Josh | August 12, 2013 6:13 PM

    Or Jackee Harry who played her mother on Sister Sister

  • ALM | July 26, 2013 8:16 PMReply

    Nick Jr. is making a drastic change in their lineup, similar to how Disney went from "Anne of Green Gables" to tween central 10 to 12 years ago.

    I get tickled because Sheryl Lee Ralph and Loretta Devine are always cast as the mother figure. I like both ladies, but it's funny, especially since Tia doesn't look anything like Ms. Ralph. Maybe she's adopted on the show?

  • ALM | July 27, 2013 3:56 PM

    Jenna, I already knew everything that you stated. I knew someone was going to come on here and state the obvious. SMH

  • Jenna | July 27, 2013 3:11 PM

    Do you feel so because Mowry-Hardict is lighter skinned than Ralph? Lots of black ppl have biological parents with different skin tones than they have. In fact, Mowry-Hardict's birth mother has darker skinned. Mowry-Hardict is biracial, African-American mother and white American father.

    I don't understand why people pretend that it isn't common for African Americans to have parents and children with different skin tones. The reality is that most African Americans are mixed race. Two dark-skinned parents can have children of various shades, for instance. Right?

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