Malcolm Jamal Warner on Being a Single Dad (on TV)

The Cosby Show comparisons can stop now

Malcolm Jamal Warner sat down with to talk about the new season of his show on BET, “Reed Between the Lines,” without his co-star and on-screen wife Tracee Ellis Ross.

The two primetime television veterans started the new show last year with the premise of a loving black couple raising their two children. Black, educated, two-parent family love was oozing from the screen, but Ellis-Ross left to pursue another career opportunity so now Warner is left to take on the show solo as a single dad.

Will fans accept the show with such a big change? Warner thinks it can work.

“Last season was about this couple who love each other and their family. This year is about a cat who thought he had the perfect marriage and the perfect family and all of a sudden finds himself a single dad trying to pick up the pieces and figure out, wow, what happened?,” Warner told

It will be interesting to see how exactly they write this new development into the show and even more interesting to see how the show will portray the life of a single dad.

Will you be tuning in?

  • DeAndrea Reese

    I think it’s great that Tracee Ellis Ross has taken on other opportunities. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors. It’s so easy for the public to get caught up in Love & Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, Atlanta Housewives, etc, that we forget to acknowledge that successful Black couples/families do exist and should be depicted on television. What I loved the best about Reed Between The Lines was that it showed black couples and families in a positive light. It showed that yes, there are still two parent households in the Black community who are very well educated and living the “American Dream.” As a fan of the show, I would love to see them bring in someone else to play Carla Reed. I in no way am not acknowledging that there aren’t single dads as well as single mom’s (because I was raised by one) but again as a fan, this is just something that I would love to continue to see on the show.


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  • Brandy Maddox

    I want to Congratulate Tracy Ellis Ross on her new career opportunity. Please keep the show a positive one on black families that are still together and trying to raise their children together as one. A replacement will be nice for Carla Reed, we have had shows in the past that have used someone else instead of completely removing the individual. I will still tune in to watch the show, I love it.