Mother knows best: Kyra Sedgwick returns to TV in 'Call Your Mother'

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Kyra Sedgwick stars in "Call Your Mother"

Kyra Sedgwick stars in "Call Your Mother"

TV moms are a diverse bunch. From "Leave It to Beaver's" apron-clad June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) to "The Simpsons'" blue-haired Marge Simpson (Julie Kavner), mothers have been raising their broods on the small screen for decades. But now a new series is taking a look at what happens when the kids are all grown up, and the comedy stars one of the industry's most revered actresses.

Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") returns to regular prime-time television as Jean Raines, a mother who decides to reconnect with her adult children in the premiere of "Call Your Mother," airing Wednesday, Jan. 13, on ABC. In the new comedy, Jean moves across the country to be closer to her kids, much to their chagrin. However, they may soon learn that they need her more than they think they do.

Not to be confused with Comedy Central's May 2020 standup special of the same name, "Call Your Mother" was originally slated to debut this past fall, but in June it was announced that it would premiere in January. That means Sedgwick fans have had to wait just a little bit longer to see her back on TV, but surely it will be worth the wait. Aside from her film career, the actress is perhaps best known from her role as LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in TNT's police drama "The Closer," which aired from 2005 to 2012. As the lead in cable's highest-rated drama for six of its seven seasons, Sedgwick earned millions of TV fans and paved the way for other big-screen actresses to make the jump to television.

"That's the thing I am most proud of from that show," Sedgwick told People magazine in May. "Whether we started this or not, I don't know, but after the success of 'The Closer,' a lot of women in their 40s got great, great roles on television; and that's the best."

She snagged both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work in "The Closer," along with a multitude of other accolades. This time around, TV fans will see her in a new light as she tackles comedy in "Call Your Mother." Now that her kids are gone and she's left with an empty nest, Jean isn't quite sure how she ended up alone while her children are living it up thousands of miles away, thus prompting her to reinsert herself into their lives, whether they like it or not.

Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios teamed up to produce the new sitcom, and they have assembled a solid cast to bring the story to life. Rachel Sennott was among the first cast members announced in March, starring as Jackie Raines, Jean's daughter. After studying acting at NYU Tisch, Sennott made a name for herself on the alt scene. She starred in the 2020 movie "Shiva Baby" and appeared in HBO's "High Maintenance" before landing her role opposite Sedgwick in "Call Your Mother."

Disney Channel fans will likely recognize Joey Bragg from his four seasons as Joey Rooney in "Liv and Maddie." He has been cast as Jean's son, Freddie Raines, in the new series. Following his success in the family-friendly Disney series, Bragg made a name for himself on the standup comedy scene. He also appeared in the Netflix original film "Father of the Year" (2018).

Kyra Sedgwick as seen in "Call Your Mother"

Kyra Sedgwick as seen in "Call Your Mother"

Australian actor Patrick Brammall will appear as a character named Danny in "Call Your Mother." He's known for his work on another ABC network — the Australian Broadcasting Company. Brammall starred as Sean Moody in "A Moody Christmas" and Sgt. James Hayes in "Glitch" on the Australian network. The actor also starred in Channel 10's "Offspring" in his homeland.

Emma Caymares portrays Celia in "Call Your Mother," while her other TV credits include "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Fosse/Verdon." She is best known, however, for her work on Broadway for such productions as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Finding Neverland."

Actor and singer Austin Crute plays Lane in the new ABC comedy. After appearing in the reality TV competition series "Majors & Minors," he went on to land roles in the coming-of-age comedy "Booksmart" (2019) and the post-apocalyptic Netflix series "Daybreak." He's also appeared in hit series "Orange Is the New Black" and "Atlanta."

This past September, it was also announced that Sherri Shepherd had joined the cast of "Call Your Mother" in a recurring role as Jean's best friend, Sharon. The actress, comedian, author and TV personality won a Daytime Emmy Award for her work as co-host of ABC's "The View" in 2009, and she's well known for her roles in the comedies "Less Than Perfect," "Sherri" and "Mr. Iglesias." Shepherd was also a contestant on the hit reality TV series "Dancing With the Stars" in 2012.

Behind the scenes, "Call Your Mother's" creator, Kari Lizer, also serves as a writer and executive producer for the sitcom and, as the brainchild behind "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and having worked on "Will & Grace," she knows a thing or two about TV. As an actress, she played Cassie Phillips in "Matlock" and Chris Burgess in "The Van Dyke Show."

With Sedgwick and Lizer leading the charge, ABC has the potential for another sitcom hit. Check out "Call Your Mother," premiering Wednesday, Jan. 13, on ABC.