ABC’sÂ black-ishÂ Casts Jenifer Lewis as Anthony Anderson‘sÂ Mother
ByÂ Michael SlezakÂ /Â
You can’t spell “smother” without “mother” –Â a lesson that will be abundantly clear now thatÂ Jenifer Lewis(Meet the Browns, Strong Medicine) has boardedÂ black-ishÂ in the recurring role of Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) overbearing mom.
Lewis’ character Ruby is described as follows:Â “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,Â black-ishÂ drew 11 million total viewers and a 3.3 rating, demonstrating 96 and 85 percent retention out ofÂ Modern Family. For comparison’s sake,Â Super Fun NightÂ (which led out ofÂ Modern Family”˜s season premiere in fall 2013) only managed 75 percent retention.