Upcoming Airings of Amenclose
Creating an unforgettable character is a rare achievement on TV. Sherman Hemsley did it twice, with almost no break in between. Just months after The Jeffersons wrapped its 11-season run, Hemsley moved on down I-95 to his native Philadelphia — or a TV studio depicting it — for six seasons on Amen.
Hemsley plays Ernest Frye, a Philly attorney who’s just as greedy, opinionated, and stubborn as George Jefferson, but with a twist. He’s a church deacon with little patience for those who disagree with him on how to run the parish. Enter Rev. Reuben Gregory (Clifton Davis), a young pastor on a mission to be the angel on Deacon Frye’s shoulder. Conflict ensues, especially regarding Frye’s unmarried daughter Thelma (Anna Maria Horsford).
Amen was created by Ed. Weinberger (Taxi) and features a strong supporting cast, including the hilariously deadpan Jester Hairston as elderly board member Rolly Forbes, Roz Ryan and Barbara Montgomery as gossipy sisters Amelia and Casietta Hetebrink, and Elsa Raven as Frye’s maid Inga. There are also plenty of African-American TV and film icons in guest starring roles, including Mel Stewart (George Jefferson’s brother Henry on All In The Family) and Berlinda Tolbert (daughter-in-law Jenny on The Jeffersons).
Notable guest stars:
Halle Berry, Cuba Gooding Jr., Richard Roundtree, Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson, Thora Birch, Barry Corbin, James Avery, Ron Glass, LaWanda Page, Whitman Mayo, Lynn Hamilton, Mel Stewart, Moses Gunn, Berlinda Tolbert, Denise Nicholas, Telma Hopkins Lonette McKee, Jackee Harry, John Witherspoon, Nell Carter, Margaret Avery, William Windom, Lynne Moody, Neva Patterson, John Matuszak, Mary Gross, Chubby Checker, Casey Casem, Reid Shelton, Larenz Tate, Lela Rochon, Shavar Ross, George Coe, Robert DoQui, Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Steve Allen, James Brown, Fabian, M.C. Hammer
Created by Ed. Weinberger. Produced byRueben Cannon, Ken Johnston for Carson Productions.