Cast & Characters

CHARACTER: Sherri

Sherri Shepherd

Comedienne/actress Sherri Shepherd is an Emmy Award–winning cohost of the hit ABC daytime talk show “The View.” She is also seen on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series “30 Rock,” as Angie Jordan, wife to Tracy Morgan’s character. The Chicago native also costarred for four seasons on the ABC workplace comedy “Less Than Perfect.” Shepherd has guest-starred on such television shows as “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Suddenly Susan” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.” With 23 appearances, she also holds the record for being the most-booked guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Shepherd will soon be seen in the upcoming Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry feature film “Precious,” alongside Mo’Nique, Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey. Directed by Lee Daniels (“Monster’s Ball”), “Precious” recently won the Grand Jury U.S. Drama and Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, she costarred in Dreamworks’ animated feature “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” Shepherd also starred opposite Queen Latifah in MGM’s “Beauty Shop” and appeared with Bernie Mac in “Guess Who.” A self-described “class clown,” Shepherd always wanted to pursue a performing career. She relocated to Los Angeles and considered being a mortician, but opted for a job as a legal secretary instead. However, after witnessing Andrew Dice Clay on stage, Shepherd was persuaded by her friends to create her own act. Her love for performing was instantaneous; success, however, was not. For five years, Shepherd worked as a secretary by day and hopped on a bus at night to do her stand-up routine. Ultimately, she became an accomplished comic, becoming a regular at The Comedy Store, The Improv and Laugh Factory in Hollywood. She also released her own comedy DVD, titled “No Refund, No Exchange.” Shepherd and “The View” cohosts were recently named #11 on the Forbes “Most Influential Women in Media” list. In October, Grand Central Publishing will launch Shepherd’s humorous autobiography, “Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break.” Away from the set, Shepherd enjoys karaoke and a good game of Taboo. She serves as a National Spokesperson for the March of Dimes and currently resides in New York with her four-year-old son, Jeffrey Jr.

CHARACTER: Kevin

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Emmy-nominated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner rose to stardom as Theo, the only son of the Huxtable family, on “The Cosby Show.” Warner also starred in UPN’s “Malcolm & Eddie,” Showtime’s “Jeremiah” with Luke Perry, CBS’s “Listen Up,” NBC’s “Here and Now” and as the voice of The Producer in the animated PBS series “The Magic School Bus.” Warner’s additional television credits include appearances on “Hawthorne,” “The Cleaner,” “Dexter,” “Sliders,” “Touched by an Angel,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World” and “Fame.” His credits also include the telefilms “The Tuskegee Airmen,” “Tyson,” “The Father Clements Story” and the ABC Afterschool Special “A Desperate Exit.” Warner received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1986 for “The Cosby Show.” On the big screen, Warner appeared opposite Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in the 2008 Warner Bros. feature film “Fool’s Gold.” In 1994, he had a supporting role in the feature “Drop Zone” as Wesley Snipes’ brother. In 1989, Warner directed his first music video for New Edition, which led to several turns behind the camera for “The Cosby Show,” the short film “This Old Man” and the educational special “Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You.” He served as director, executive producer and host of “The Last Laugh: Memories of ‘The Cosby Show,’” which aired before the series finale in 1992. Warner also directed episodes of “Malcolm & Eddie” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” as well as “Sesame Street” and Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “Keenan & Kel.” In 1988, Warner made his off-Broadway debut with “Three Ways Home.” In 2002, he won the NAACP Theater Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in “A Crying Shame,” and most recently received rave reviews for his one-man theatrical production “Love and Other Social Issues.” Warner continues to direct and also perform as bassist and leader of the jazz/funk band Miles Long. The band has two CDs, “The Miles Long Mix Tape” and “Love and Other Social Issues.” Warner currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York.

CHARACTER: Celia

Tammy Townsend

Tammy Townsend has been performing on television and in film since she was 15 years old. Perhaps best known as Eddie’s first girlfriend, Greta, on the comedy “Family Matters,” Townsend has also been a series regular on “Rock Me Baby” and “Divas.” Her recurring credits include “Lincoln Heights,” “According to Jim,” “Barbershop” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” In addition, she has guest-starred on such shows as “JAG,” “Friends,” “The Practice,” “Living Single,” “Felicity” and “For Your Love.” Townsend will soon be seen starring in the feature “Preacher’s Kid” for writer/director Stan Foster. The film, a modern-day retelling of the fable “The Prodigal Son,” focuses on a traveling gospel show and gave Townsend the opportunity to showcase her singing voice on the soundtrack. Also forthcoming is the comedy “My Girlfriend’s Back,” in which Townsend stars opposite Tangi Miller, CCH Pounder and Malik Yoba. Other film credits include Robert Townsend’s “The Five Heartbeats,” “The Brady Bunch Movie,” “The Pest” and “Playing Mona Lisa.” Townsend is a graduate of the Los Angeles High School for the Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

CHARACTER: Bo

Brandon Khalil

Young actor Brandon Khalil made his television debut on the season finale of IFC’s “ZRock.” Recently, he worked on Academy Award–nominated director Amy Berg’s “Sidewalks of NY” PSA. Khalil has appeared off-Broadway in the play “The Colored Garden” and continues to perform regularly at his arts-oriented elementary school. He currently resides in New York with his mother and two sisters.

CHARACTER: Summer

Kali Rocha

Kali Rocha most recently appeared in multiple episodes of the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr. Sydney Heron. Her other television credits include appearances on “Boston Legal,” “Notes From the Underbelly,” “Teachers,” “Without a Trace,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Bones,” “Will & Grace” and a recurring role on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Rocha has an impressive list of film credits, which include “Meet the Fockers,” “Meet the Parents,” “Gods and Generals,” “Ready? OK!” “White Oleander,” “Autumn in New York,” “The Object of My Affection” and “The Crucible,” in which she made her film debut. A 1993 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s acting program, Rocha made her Broadway debut opposite Dianne Wiest, Frances Conroy and Liev Schrieber in “In the Summer House.” Other theater credits include Broadway’s “Noises Off,” “Richard III,” opposite Peter Dinklage, and most recently, “Crimes of the Heart,” directed by Kathleen Turner. Rocha is married with a son and currently resides in Los Angeles.

CHARACTER: Angie

Elizabeth Regen

Elizabeth Regen is best known for her costarring role in the NBC comedy “Whoopi” as Rita. Other television credits include “The Black Donnellys,” “Law & Order,” “CSI,” “Big Apple,” “Sex and the City” and comedy sketches on “Late Night With David Letterman.” Regen’s feature film credits include “The Professional,” “Beer League,” “Black and White,” “Snapped,” “Parting Words” and “Love the Hard Way.” In 2008, Regen penned the script for the independent film “The Fallen Faithful.” She also received the John Golden Playwriting Award for her full-length play titled “The Big I.” Born and raised in Tribeca, Regen was in the dramatic writing program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. She currently resides in New York.

CHARACTER: Paula

Kate Reinders

Kate Reinders appeared on Broadway in the roles of Glinda in “Wicked” and June in Sam Mendes’ revival of “Gypsy.” She has been seen on television in “Ugly Betty” and in the feature film “Kinsey.” As half of the singing/songwriting comedy duo Tastiskank, she performed at the TBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, where they won the 2007 Breakout Award. Reinders currently resides in New York.

CHARACTER: Redmond

James Avery

James Avery is a familiar face on television, film and stage. He is best known to audiences as the successful, Harvard-educated judge Philip Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which ran for six seasons on NBC. Avery has had recurring roles on “The Closer,” “All of Us,” “Soul Food,” Lifetime’s “The Division,” “Bull,” “Murder One,” “L.A. Law,” “Hill Street Blues” and “Amen.” He recently guest-starred on ABC’s “Eli Stone.” His other television credits include “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation,” “That ’70s Show” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Avery has appeared in numerous television movies, including “Hart to Hart,” “A Friend to Die For,” “Terror in the Towers,” “You Lucky Dog” and “Nancy Drew.” Avery’s love of travel has seen him host the acclaimed PBS series “Going Places.” He has provided voices for animated series such as “Aladdin,” “Duckman,” “Gargoyles” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Some of his feature film credits include “Who’s Your Caddy?” “Think Tank,” “Third Wish,” “Lethal Eviction,” “Hair Show,” “Raise Your Voice,” “Dancing in September,” “The Brady Bunch Movie,” “License to Drive” and “Fletch.” Avery also provided the voice of Eldon in “Dr. Dolittle 2.” Avery has numerous theater credits. He toured in the original play “Cheaters” with Brian McKnight and starred in “Jitney” at the Lillian Theatre. His leading performance in “Othello” at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum earned him the NAACP Image Award for Lead Male Actor. He starred in the Los Angeles performances of “Applause,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” to name a few. Avery currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Barbara, and their two dogs.