Telma Hopkins is joining Laverne Cox and George Wallace in Amazon Freevee sitcom Clean Slate.
The sitcom is starting production in Savannah, GA. D.K. Uzoukwu, Jay Wilkinson and Norah Murphy have also been added.
We previously reported that Clean Slate was created by veteran sitcom creator Norman Lear and is produced and written by Wallace and Cox. Even though the filming is taking place in Savannah, the series is set in Mobile, AL with Wallace’s character coming to terms with his adult child having transitioned. According to the description:
Old-school car wash owner, Henry (Wallace), is thrilled that his estranged child is returning to Alabama after 17 years. However, Henry has a lot of soul searching to do when the child he thought was a son returns as the determined, proud, trans woman, Desiree (Cox).
Uzoukwu play Louis, a “a closeted gay choir director at the local church who the older female congregants insist on trying to fix up, is a close childhood friend of Desiree and the only person who gives her a genuinely heartfelt welcome home.”
Hopkins plays Louis’ mother Ella, “a no-nonsense jack-of-all-trades who has known Harry for much longer than either of them would like to admit. She lives with Louis and is fully aware her son is gay, but they haven’t talked about it.”
Jay Wilkinson’s character Mack is “a ruggedly handsome white man from the wrong side of the tracks who has spent some time in prison. Harry’s confidant at the car wash and the single father of Opal, an 11-year-old that keeps him on his toes.”
Opal is played by Murphy. Opal is “Mack’s confident and industrious tween daughter who works alongside her father at the carwash when she’s not plotting to become the next billionaire. She bonds with Desiree over her dreams of one day getting out of Mobile.”