Tia Mowry-Hardict once played the whining, credulous teen — alongside her identical twin sister, Tamara — in the mid-to-late-'90s sitcom "Sister Sister." Fourteen years later, she's playing the mom to a trio of whining, credulous stepchildren.
After making her exit from BET's "The Game" last year, Mowry-Hardict is back in the series game with "Instant Mom." The half-hour is the first original scripted comedy series from NickMom, a nightly programming block directed at moms on Nickelodeon's kids-oriented cable network Nick Jr. Mowry-Hardict stars as Stephanie, a fun-loving party girl who has to tame her wild ways after marrying a guy (Michael Boatman) with three kids
The growing comes without much pain. "I am so excited to be playing a mom," said Mowry-Hardict on Friday while promoting the show at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. "I am a real mom in real life. I have a 2-year-old. This was really important to me because I had just finished doing [BET's] 'The Game,' and I wanted to go into another show. This kind of just landed in my lap."
The gig served as a point of contention on the star's other show, "Tia & Tamera" — a Style reality series focused on Tia and her sister, Tamera Mowry-Housley — after keeping her sister in the dark about it. (Spoiler alert: They got over it.)
"Instant Mom," which will premiere this fall, isn't the only series tackling the issues of blended families. ABC has "Trophy Wife," also premiering in the fall, with similar themes.
But veteran actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who plays Stephanie's mother, says "Instant Mom" will distinguish itself from the clutter in more ways than one.
"We are going to be one spot of color you're going to remember!" she said. But while the series stars black people, the stars and producers caution against labeling it a "black show." They hope to carry the torch of inclusiveness lighted by "The Cosby Show" and taken up by later series such as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
"Everybody can watch this show," Ralph said.