You canâ€™t spell â€œsmotherâ€ without â€œmotherâ€ â€”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 Dreâ€™s (Anthony Anderson) overbearing mom.
Lewisâ€™ character Ruby is described as follows:Â â€œShe 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.â€
Lewis will make her first appearance later this season, according to the network.
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 comparisonâ€™s sake,Â Super Fun NightÂ (which led out ofÂ Modern Familyâ€˜s season premiere in fall 2013) only managed 75 percent retention.