Since the departure of Deon Cole from the hit TV show Black-ish, the snappy come backs and witty one liners have not been the same. ‘Charlie’ was an evolving character like none other. The interaction between ‘Dre Johnson’ played by Anthony Anderson and ‘Charlie’ played by Deon Cole was a hit TV duo in the making. They were on their way to becoming the Abbott and Castello, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby…basically TV icons.
Essentially they played off of each other’s Blackness like never before, thus giving the world a fresh perspective.
With the insertion of ‘Daphne Lido’ played Wanda Sykes, the TV show has taken a turn which they may not be able to recover from. Wanda Sykes is a legend in her own right and deserves her own spotlight. In fact, this role is almost sort of like taking a back seat in her career.
Her lines are not delivered in the same manner as Deon Cole and just don’t seem to have that punch in the gut. Maybe it’s because we’ve seen her delivery in many formats and there is simple nothing new. The audience sort of knows what’s coming next.
Myself and many of others find it very hard to laugh when she delivers he lines and it’s heart breaking because we know she’s actually funny. In an age where Hollywood wants to show women in power roles is actually a good thing but Wanda Sykes gives the TV show Black-ish a cold, mean, heartless and not so funny feeling it never had before. ‘Daphne Lido” has essentially come in as the half owner of Stevens & Lido with a controlling and destructive attitude towards men’s while she seeks to uplift the one woman in the group known as ‘Lucy’ played by Catherine Reitman.
Only time will tell but I think Black-ish is heading down a rough road it may not recover from.
Black-ish Main cast
Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson Sr., an advertising executive who tries to pass on some of his urban culture to his seemingly uninterested children.
Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson, who is Dre’s wife. She is a mixed-race surgeon  who was raised by hippies. Her alma mater is Brown University.
Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Dre and Rainbow’s fifteen-year-old daughter. She is the attractive, popular, entitled, stylish, and socially active member of the Johnson family. She is typically apathetic to any dealings with her family and is always treated as the world’s most perfect teenager.
Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Dre and Rainbow’s fourteen-year-old son. He is a so-called “nerd” who is confused by the world around him.
Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Dre and Rainbow’s upbeat six-year-old son, who idolizes his father.
Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Dre and Rainbow’s six-year-old daughter, who considers herself smarter and more mature than her twin brother.
Jenifer Lewis as Ruby (season 2, recurring season 1), Dre’s mother.
Jeff Meacham as Josh (season 2, recurring season 1), Dre’s co-worker.
Laurence Fishburne as Earl “Pops” Johnson, Dre’s father
Peter Mackenzie as Leslie Stevens, Dre’s boss and co-owner of Stevens & Lido
Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy, Dre’s co-worker
Raven-Symoné as Rhonda, Dre’s sister who is a lesbian but is not yet comfortable discussing her sexuality
Catherine Reitman as Lucy, Dre’s co-worker.
Wanda Sykes as Daphne Lido, ex-wife of Phillip Lido and new co-owner of Stevens & Lido
This week on the TV show Black-ish, the cast was joined by acting greats Wanda Sykes and Sha (Faizon Love). The show centered around support for friends who helped on the rise to success and how you should support them on their climb.
Sha is a starving artist who has been crashing on Dre’s couch for a few weeks, which sparks an uncomfortable feeling with Dre’s wife. He tries to teach her that loyalty is strong and you should break it because a person in struggling.
Dre also struggles with the fact that Charlie has decided to leave the company and move on which makes me wonder if the writers are bringing Wanda Sykes in to fill that role. If that is the case I think it would be a bad move. Charlie’s brand of humor is a breath of fresh air and something new to television.
Let’s hope he returns and show doesn’t start to take a weird direction and lose viewers.