Larry Wilmore will get up close and medical on USA Network’s new comedy, “Playing House.”
The comedian will play the OB/GYN to star Lennon Parham‘s character, Maggie. In the storyline, Wilmore’s character is described as “reassuring” as he keeps Maggie’s best friend Emma’s (Jessica St. Clair) bizarre anxieties about childbirth at bay.
“Daily Show” fans will know Wilmore as the Comedy Central show’s regularly appearing “senior black correspondent.” His comedy special, “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex,” recently aired on Showtime.
An Emmy-award winner for “The Bernie Mac Show,” which he executive-produced and created, Wilmore has written for “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The Office,” which he had also appeared as Mr. Brown, the diversity consultant. He also co-created and wrote on “The PJ’s.”
Wilmore joins a growing a list of the freshman comedy’s upcoming guest stars, including Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Lindsay Sloane (“Horrible Bosses”), Jason Mantzoukas (“The League”), Ian Roberts (Upright Citizen Brigade Co-Founder), Andy Daly (“Eastbound and Down”), John Lutz (“Saturday Night Live”) and Ryan McPartlin (“Chuck”).
It follows Emma (St. Clair) as she leaves her business career abroad and returns to her hometown to help childhood bestie, Maggie (Parham), with her pregnancy after leaving her cheating husband. Meanwhile, Emma has to deal with all the memories and people she left behind more than a decade before.
“Playing House” also stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jane Kaczmarek appears in a recurring role as Emma’s mother.
Scot Armstrong, Judah Miller and Ravi Nandan also serve as executive producers on the Universal Cable Productions series, which premieres on the USA Network this spring.
UTA and firm Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller represent Wilmore.