Live Sessions

Published on August 12th, 2022 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Live Session With BET+ ‘The Ms. Pat Show’ Creators and Cast

In this Live Session, I catch up with the creators and cast of the Emmy-nominated, BET+ original series, The Ms. Pat Show, as they prepared for season two’s premiere. Fresh off an explosive, critically acclaimed first season (that scored 100 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer) and an Emmy nomination for “Best Directing in a Comedy Series,” Pat and her lovable Carson family return for a second season beginning last night, August 11. The “grown-folks sitcom,” complete with unfiltered language, is based on Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams’ incredible real-life story of a teen mom and former convicted felon from inner city Atlanta turned suburban Indiana mom, covered in her memoir

“Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat.”

“[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor” – New York Times.

Season 2 of The Ms. Pat Show, which has already taken on profound topics including non-binary pronouns, school shootings, drug addiction, racism, and child abuse, finds the Carson Family moving from a period of adjusting to a white suburban neighborhood into a season of growth in these new surroundings. This modern, multi-generational African American family, navigating life’s twists and turns against the backdrop of current cultural chaos, explores self-love and past traumas. Most importantly, Pat confronts her own demons with plenty of laughs and even a few tears along the way, as only she can do. In an exciting announcement ahead of the season two premiere, The Ms. Pat Show has already been greenlit by BET for season three!!!

The Players

Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams – Co-Creator / Star / Series Regular (Ms. Pat Carson)

Bernard Calloway – Series Regular (Terry Carson)

Tami Roman – Series Regular (Denise Ford)

Vince Swann – Series Regular (Brandon James)

Brittany Inge – Series Regular (Ashley James)

Briyana Guadalupe – Series Regular (Janelle Carson)

Theodore Barnes – Series Regular (Junebug Carson)

Jordan E. Cooper – Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Director, and Writer

The Conversations

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with the entire cast and Co-Creator Jordan E. Cooper ahead of the season two premiere, and the most immediate thing that hit me is this team’s understanding of how impactful and true-to-life the scenarios they bring to the screen are today. They recognize that in an age of babies raising babies, communication on a real level about topics and issues that affect their audience’s everyday lives is paramount, and the inclusion of the insights of the younger generation is how this crew is winning the hearts and minds of millions. They don’t preach; they teach and connect on a surreal level with an audience who’ve probably seen, experienced, and met or know people exactly like the content presented by the show. The conversations are better than my writing, so…Tune In!


BET+ hosted the cast of THE MS. PAT SHOW, including star, creator, and EP Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams, along with castmates J. Bernard Calloway, Tami Roman, Theodore Barnes, Briyana Guadalupe, Vince Swann, and Brittany Inge, and executive producers Brian Grazer, Jordan E. Cooper, Deb Evans, Marc Velez, Pam Williams and Jon Radler for a celebratory evening that debuted Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated series. Devin Griffin, GM and EVP of BET+, delivered the opening remarks, and DJ Hunny Bee turned out beats following a moderated Q&A with Ms. Pat and Cooper.

Some looks from the carpet

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