Sister, Sister stars reunite for Netflix Christmas special
Staff Reporter | On 15, Nov 2019Reading time: 3 mins
It’s A Family Reunion in more ways than one this Christmas, as Netflix unwraps a special for its sitcom.
The show follows the McKellan family, who move from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to extended family – a transition that leaves them feeling like a catfish out of water. From three-hour church services and huge humidity hair to M’Dear’s home cooking and family bonding, the sitcom charts the everyday ups and downs of family reunions. The series stars Emmy-Award winner Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, The Carmichael Show) and Tia Mowry-Hardrict.
Mowry-Hardrict became a household star after starring in the sitcom Sister, Sister, with her twin Tamera Mowry playing her on-screen sister. They were joined by Jackée Harry as their mother. Now, Tia and Jackée are getting back together, with the latter guest starring in A Family Reunion Christmas.
The special sees M’Dear’s sisters come together for the holidays, but nobody’s ho ho holding back the punches – especially when it comes to performing at the Christmas church service.
It premieres on Netflix on 9th December. Here’s the trailer – including a shout-out to the 90s classic.
A Family Reunion Christmas is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
Tia Lowry to star in Netflix sitcom Family Reunion
18th October 2018
Sister Sister’s Tia Lowry is heading to Netflix for a new family comedy.
The star of the classic Nickelodeon series is diving back into TV sitcom waters with a multi-generational twist for Family Reunion. Mowry will play Cocoa McKellan, a free spirited mother from Seattle. When she and her former football-playing husband Moz and their four children travel from their home in the big city to the small town of Columbus, Georgia, for the McKellan Family Reunion, they get to know an extended family they didn’t even realize they were missing.
Mowry’s joined by Emmy Award winner Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, The Carmichael Show) as the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M’Dear.
The show is created and executive produced by Meg DeLoatch (Fuller House, Eve) and directed by Eric Dean Seaton (Prince of Peoria, Modern Family).
“We look forward to bringing families together to enjoy the hilarious and heartwarming stories of this multi-generational family living together and discovering the importance of connecting with their roots,” says Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix. “Meg DeLoatch has created a warm, funny and memorable extended family that we believe will resonate with audiences around the world and she has assembled an incredibly talented all-black writers room to authentically portray these characters and their journey.”
“I am so blessed to be part of this new and exciting moment in time that will touch and bring laughter, smiles, and joy to everyone who sees it. That is Family Reunion for me right now. When you see it, I think you are gonna love it, because it is all about family … The core of everything,” adds Devine.
Mowry and Devine will be joined by Anthony Alabi (Raven’s Home, Insecure) as Cocoa’s husband. Rounding out the cast as the McKellan children are Talia Jackson as 14-year old Jade, Isaiah Russell-Bailey as 12-year old Shaka, Cameron J. “CJ” Wright as 10-year old Mazzi, and Jordyn Raya James as 8-year old Ami.
“I’m so excited to return to television, especially working with Netflix, and I can’t wait for everyone to see Family Reunion,” comments Mowry. “I know my fans are going to love it!”
“I have a dream cast and thanks to my incredibly talented group of executives at Netflix, I am having the most supportive and creatively fulfilling experience of my career,” continues DeLoatch.
The news arrives as fellow 90s Nickelodeon star Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) has also signed up to a new Netflix project, No Good Dick.
Production on Family Reunion recently kicked off in Los Angeles.
Family Reunion is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.