John Amos has been cast to star in CBS’s new upcoming comedy pilot alongside Martin Lawrence.
According to sources, the still-untitled TV show will star Lawrence as Ty, “a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46.”
The Good Times star (Amos) will play Captain Lorenzo, Ty’s commanding officer, an erudite, antique-collecting family man who is very tough and no-nonsense under his deceptively calm demeanorDLH.
Also joining the cast is My Name Is Earl actor Ethan Suplee, and Sydney Park. Suplee is slated to play Travis, Ty’s honest, motivated, and upbeat new partner. Park (Spork) will play the character of Kim, Ty’s 16-year-old daughter.
John Amos is probably most recognized for his roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, the movie Coming To America, and a recurring role in The West Wing. The veteran actor has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous other motion pictures in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.