Just when I was starting to get excited about BET’s new fall line-up, this happens.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tracee Ellis Ross, the show’s star and producer, is OUT.
Ross’ exit comes several months after she joined the cast of an NBC fall pilot, “Bad Girls,” about women in a federal prison, that was ultimately not picked up.
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.”
While this may ultimately spell doom for the show (how could it not?), the series will continue for at least a second season.
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.
This announcement comes just days after the network announced it will be adding Michole White, Tony Rock and Charlie Robinson to the cast. Apparently the new cast of characters will be tasked with helping Alex (Malcolm Jamal Warner) cope with his troubled marriage.
I guess we’ll see how this one plays out.