More shakeups in starring roles at BET. Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays Malcolm Jamal Warner‘s wife on sitcom “Reed Between The Lines,” said today she will not be returning. This is interesting as the show revolves around her relationship and family with Malcolm’s character.
According to the L.A. Times:
Ross in a statement said that “Reed Between the Lines” was a show “I believe in and care about” and that there was a “chance” she might return at some point. Loretha Jones, BET’s president of original programming and news, called Ross “an amazing talent,” adding, “We wish her nothing but the best and hope to work with her again in the future.”
When the second season launches next July, the couple will be separated. Carla, a psychologist, has moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles to take a “dream job” and hopes the family will join her. But Alex, a university professor and stay-at-home dad, doesn’t feel a move is right for the children and chooses to stay in Atlanta.
Could this be the reason why? As we reported earlier, Ross will be starring in a new show on NBC:
Tracee signed on for a lead role in NBC’s upcoming drama pilot “Bad Girls.”
The concept of the TV show is based on the long-running UK series, The Project, from John Wells Productions. Bad Girls will follow the lives of a group of different women in a federal prison.
Sources report Ross will play Rachel, a very powerful business woman who was charged and convicted of selling phony mortgages. Rachel will pay her debt to society by serving time in the prison. The actress’ character delayed having kids because of her career, and now wants desperately to become pregnant – the only thing is she is behind bars of steel.
Tracee Ellis Ross, 39, is an American actress and the daughter of legendary singer Diana Ross.
She is best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW series Girlfriends. Ross is currently on the new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines as Dr. Carla Reed.