Shadow and Act has learned that Jasmine Guy and Whoopi Goldberg have been added to the upcoming Amazon comedy series from Girls Trip and BET+'s First Wives Club writer Tracy Oliver.
Both will recur in Harlem (fka Untitled Tracy Oliver Project), joining previously announced cast members and series regulars Meagan Good , Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, Jerrie Johnson and Tyler Lepley. The series is a single-camera comedy following the lives of four women – friends from their college days at NYU – as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams.
Good is Camille, "a stylish, sunny professor of anthropology course 'Sex and Love' at Columbia University. While Camille has extensive knowledge about the dating and mating norms of many cultures, she has a hard time navigating the dating choices within her own life." Byers is Quinn, "an optimistic, creative, and romantic talented fashion designer. Quinn is a trust fund kid who lives a life paid for primarily by her parents." Shandai is Angie, "a smart, filter-free party, an aspiring singer, who never met an impulse she did not follow and is living with Quinn rent-free." Johnson is Tye, "an alpha, fierce, queer successful app developer who prefers keeping vulnerability and feelings at arm’s length, causing her to date women who are not always her intellectual equal.
Guy will be Patricia, Quinn’s wealthy mom who wants her daughter to give up her seemingly failing career as a designer and just settle down. Goldberg will be Dr. Elise Pruitt, the brilliant, intense new Department head at Columbia University with a warmth that has a fragile on/off switch.
Harlem is created, written, and executive produced by Tracy Oliver, along with executive producers Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, and Kim Lessing. Pharrell Williams and Mimi Valdés also serve as executive producers from I am OTHER. It is produced by Amazon Studios and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Paper Kite Productions.