Posted by | Cyrena Rose
BET has assembled the cast of Y.M.O.C. aka Young Man On Campus, a comedy pilot starring Jacob Latimore as a 15-year-old college prodigy. Jacob Matthews (Latimore) who is the youngest man on campus, sharing a dorm at Mt. Pleasant University with his basketball star cousin Marco.
Deadline reports the main characters from Y.M.O.C., Latimore’s Jacob Matthews, his mother and his cousin Marco, were introduced in an episode of BET’s comedy series Reed Between The Lines, which aired in December. Latimore and Eric D. Hill, Jr., who played Marco, will reprise their roles in the pilot, while the role of Jacob’s widow mom Trishelle is being recast.
Sitcom diva Terri J. Vaughn has been cast as Trishelle, described as an earthy mama bear who truly wants Jacob to have every advantage in life that she didn’t. She got a second job driving the campus bus at Mt. Pleasant five years ago to get an employee discount on her children’s tuition, and while Jacob got in on a scholarship, she keeps the job to keep an eye on him. On Reed Between The Lines, the role was played by Dawnn Lewis.
Also cast in the pilot, in newly created roles, are Dondre Whitfield as Prof. Derek Watson, the primary authority figure (aside from Trishelle) in Jacob’s life who discovered the boy genius and Vanessa S. Simmons as Aliyah, a hot girl whom both Jacob and Marco have a crush on.
Young Man On Campus was created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer (executive producer of Reed Between The Lines and Let’s Stay Together – both BET shows).