August 16, 2012 12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
BET's Malcolm-Jamal Warner Comedy Adds Tony Rock, Two More Regulars for Season 2 (Exclusive)
BET's Malcolm-Jamal Warner comedy series is adding to its cast.
Reed Between the Lines' second season finds Alex's (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) life in turmoil now that he's faced with an unplanned separation. He'll turn to his family and oldest friends as he looks to adjust to life as a single father without his wife as he ponders how long Carla (Girlfriends' Tracee Ellis Ross) will be gone -- and if she's even coming back.
To that end, Apollo Live's Tony Rock (brother of Chris Rock), Night Court's Charlie Robinson and Michole White (Living Single) have boarded the series as regulars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Rock, who hosted MyNetworkTV's short-lived The Tony Rock Project, will play Julius Darren, Alex's oldest friend who gets a call from Carla that her ex could use some support. He arrives to dole out unsolicited marriage advice along with another of Alex's former friends, Simone Winters (White).
Simone returns to Alex's life after abandoning her friend following his marriage, claiming that love "made him stupid." She's described as a perennially single doctor who's sick of hearing how she intimidates men.
Lastly, Robinson will play Alex's nonsense-spewing father, Monroe Reed, who brings wisdom and levity to his son's life and claims to have "woman trouble" despite being married to the same woman for 40 years.
The trio joins the series that's produced by BET with Felicia D. Henderson and Mara Brock Akil executive producing, with Sara Finney-Johnson co-exec producing.
Rock is repped by WME and New Wave Entertainment; White is with SMS Talent and Silver Mine Entertainment; and Robinson, who recently booked an arc on CW's Hart of Dixie, is with Stone Manners Salners Agency and Tufeld Entertainment Group.
The series returns next year.