S&A is reporting that TV, film and stage actress—SHERYL LEE RALPH—will be starring in ABC’s upcoming series Harlem’s Kitchen.

The one-hour drama will focus on Ellis Rice (Delroy Lindo), the executive chef of a fine dining restaurant in Harlem whose business is upended when an unexpected death exposes long-buried family secrets. Ralph will reportedly star as the Rice family matriarch, CC.

Veteran actor Miguel Nunez will also star as Marco, an undocumented immigrant who works at the restaurant as a talented line cook and regards Ellis as a mentor and a surrogate father.

Ralph is best known for her role as Deena Jones in the iconic 80s Broadway musical Dreamgirls. She has also appeared in such films as The Mighty Quinn, The Flintstones and Sister Act 2 as well as such TV shows as Moesha, FAM and most recently Ray Donovan, Claws and MacGyver.

Stay tuned!

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