Former Harlette Jenifer Lewis Gets Cast In ABC’s black-ish (Great Show!)

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ABC’s black-ish Casts Jenifer Lewis as Anthony Anderson‘s Mother

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You can’t spell “smother” without “mother” – a lesson that will be abundantly clear now that Jenifer Lewis(Meet the Browns, Strong Medicine) has boarded black-ish in the recurring role of Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) overbearing mom.

Lewis’ character Ruby is described as follows: “She smothers pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother [Dre’s wife] Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), who feels the same way about her.”

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Lewis will make her first appearance later this season, according to the network.

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In its series premiere last Wednesday, black-ish drew 11 million total viewers and a 3.3 rating, demonstrating 96 and 85 percent retention out of Modern Family. For comparison’s sake, Super Fun Night (which led out of Modern Family”˜s season premiere in fall 2013) only managed 75 percent retention.

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