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Vernee Watson, Tom Wright Will Be Echo Kellum's Parents On New Fox Series 'Ben And Kate'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 14, 2012 1:15 PM
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Vernee Watson and Tom Wright have booked recurring roles on Fox's new comedy series Ben and Kate, which stars Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon as a sister and brother who are exact opposites: Ben is an over-the-top dreamer, while younger sister Kate is a single mother trying to make ends meet as a bar manager.

Co-starring in the series is Echo Kellum, who will play Tommy, Ben’s longtime friend and partner in crime, who, by the way, really likes Kate, but, unfortunately for him, she doesn’t return the sentiment. 

Vernee Watson and Tom Wright will play Echo Kellum's (Tommy's) parents in, who will first appear in the second episode, scheduled to air on October 2nd, with the potential to return, says THR, who describe the episode as follows:

In the episode, Watson will play Gladys Rusling, Tommy's mother who is a willing accomplice as Ben, Kate and her daughter, Maddie attempt to convince school board members that they all should live together - at her house. Wright will play Melvin Rusling, Tommy's surly father who isn't quite a willing participant in the family's scheme - and would much rather be watching Murder, She Wrote.

The series is scheduled to premiere on Fox on September 25, as part of the 2012–13 television season.

Vernee Watson is best known for her recurring roles as Vernajean Williams on Welcome Back, Kotter and as Viola "Vy" Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, playing the mother of Will Smith's character.

Tom Wright co-starred in Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business. He also co-starred with Angela Bassett as her ex-lover in Sunshine State, his fifth film with writer/director John Sayles.

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4 Comments

  • urbanauteur | August 15, 2012 12:46 PMReply

    Tom Wright grossly under-appreciated,underrated actor, he should have won a multitude of awards for his 80's output alone..Matewan/Brother From Another Planet etc.....

  • Akimbo | August 15, 2012 12:26 AMReply

    I love these two on a ridiculous level, but I have absolutely no interest in watching this show. It looks so unfunny. I'll dip in for episode 2 and dip right the eff back out.

  • ALM | August 14, 2012 10:51 PMReply

    Both actors are very talented

  • sergio | August 14, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    It's been quite a while seen I've seen the man with the eyebrows

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