Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has ordered 104 episodes of the new comedy The First Family, about an African-American family living in the White House. Their name is not Obama. Christopher P. Duncan (Veronica Mars) plays President William Johnson. He’s joined by singer Gladys Knight as his mother, Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons) as the First Lady’s mother, comedian Paul Rodriguez as Dictator Rafael, Jackee Harry (Sister, Sister) as the First Lady’s sister and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) as First Lady Katherine Johnson. The series pilot was just completed. The First Family is set to debut this fall on broadcast syndication, cable and digital media.
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