9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Tia Mowry, Loretta Devine to Star in Netflix Comedy 'Family Reunion'
Netflix is ready to find comedy during a family reunion.
The streaming giant has handed out a straight-to-series order for multigenerational live-action comedy series Family Reunion, with Tia Mowry and Loretta Devine set to star. The multicamera comedy has been picked up with an initial 20-episode order.
Created by Meg DeLoatch (Netflix's Fuller House, Eve), the comedy revolves around Cocoa McKellan (Mowry, of Sister, Sister fame), a free-spirited mother from Seattle. When she and her former football-playing husband Moz (Anthony Alabi, Insecure) and their four children travel from their home in the big city to the small down of Columbus, Ga., for the McKellan Family Reunion, they get to know an extended family they didn't realize they were missing. Emmy winner Devine (Grey's Anatomy, The Carmichael Show) will play the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M'Dear). Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Cameron J. Wright and Jordyn James play Mowry and Alabi's children. Eric Dean Seaton (Modern Family, Prince of Peoria) will direct the series.
"We look forward to bringing families together to enjoy the hilarious and heartwarming stories of this multigenerational American family living together and discovering the importance of connecting with their roots,” said Melissa Cobb, vp kids and family at Netflix. “Meg DeLoatch has created a warm, funny and memorable extended family that we believe will resonate with audiences around the world and she has assembled an incredibly talented all-black writers' room to authentically portray these characters and their journey.”
Mowry's TV credits include Instant Mom, The Game, Tia & Tamera and Sister, Sister. She is repped by UTA and Link Entertainment. "I’m so excited to return to television, especially working with Netflix, and I can’t wait for everyone to see Family Reunion,” Mowry said. “I know my fans are going to love it!”
Devine, meanwhile, won an Emmy for her guest turn on Grey's Anatomy. Her credits include The Client List, Eli Stone, Boston Public, The PJs and A Different World. She's with Innovative Artists and Essential Talent Management."I am so blessed to be part of this new and exciting moment in time that will touch and bring laughter, smiles and joy to everyone who sees it. That is Family Reunion for me right now. When you see it, I think you are gonna love it, because it is all about family.…the core of everything,” Devine said.