Full Seasons Ordered of TV's "Whoopi!" and "It's All Relative"

News   Full Seasons Ordered of TV's "Whoopi!" and "It's All Relative" The creators of two new television series featuring stars of the Broadway stage can breathe a sigh of relief.
Whoopi Goldberg in the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Whoopi Goldberg in the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Photo by Joan Marcus

Full 22-episode seasons have been ordered for both the NBC sitcom "Whoopi" and the ABC series "It's All Relative," Variety reports. NBC has also given the thumbs up to its dramedy "Miss Match," while ABC has ordered complete seasons of "Hope & Faith," "Threat Matrix" and "10 8."

Whoopi Goldberg stars in the eponymous "Whoopi," which airs Tuesday evenings from 8 to 8:30 PM on the peacock network. "Whoopi" casts Goldberg as "a one-hit wonder singer who becomes an opinionated 'hotelier' running her own small hotel in New York any way she wants." The comedy co-stars Wren T. Brown as her younger brother Courtney, Elizabeth Regen as Courtney’s white girlfriend Rita and Omid Djalili as Nasim. Goldberg, who returned to Broadway this season in the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, made her Main Stem debut in her own one-woman show, Whoopi Goldberg. She later replaced Nathan Lane in the hit revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and she is currently represented on Broadway as one of the producers of the Tony winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

"It's All Relative" plays Wednesday evenings at 8:30 PM on ABC. Among the cast of the comedy are Christopher Sieber, most recently on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie; John Benjamin Hickey, the Love! Valour! Compassion! star who also appeared in the Liam Neeson revival of The Crucible; and Millie's Tony-winning Mrs. Meers, Harriet Sansom Harris. The company also includes Reid Scott and Maggie Lawson, who play, respectively, Bobby O'Neill and Liz, who become engaged in the sitcom's first episode.

It is the meeting of the engaged couple's parents that sparks the program's comedy. Bobby, a working-class guy, is a from a traditional working-class family (Lenny Clarke and Harris play his parents), while Liz has two Dads (Sieber and Hickey play the gay couple). Paige Moss also co star as Bobby's sister Maddy.

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