Anthony Anderson showed fans his dramatic side as Detective Kevin Bernard on TV’s “Law & Order,” but he’ll soon be returning to comedy.
“Comedy is something that comes naturally to me. I get to have fun,” he told Sister 2 Sister. “Drama is something I wanted to show the world before I was typecast as the funny guy. It’s not like I’ll take one over the other. I’m fortunate to have an opportunity to dance in both worlds. I’ll take what comes my way, but for the last few years I wanted to flex this dramatic muscle, so they could see it’s more to me than just the laughter."
It’s been a while since Anthony had a regular role in a TV sitcom, but that’s what he has in the works for 2012.
“I have a development deal with FX to develop a half-hour sitcom. It’s going to be a family-based sitcom about family and relationships,” said Anthony, who knows exactly who he wants to star in the show.
“I’m developing it for myself. It’s going to be universal, but it’s going to be my story. Everything I try to create will have my voice because it’s based on my experiences. It will reflect that."
While a sitcom is what American fans will see from Anthony, those in Africa will see him serve as a host on a series he described as a “Who’s Got Talent?” for the Motherland.
“They were taking five actors from Ghana and five actors from Lagos and bringing them to the States and putting them in a brownstone to compete. The last one standing gets a contract with a Hollywood agency. I was the host and one of the judges,” said Anthony.
In addition to his TV work, Anthony has two independent films lined up for 2012, The Power of Few and Goats.
—Tracy L. Scott
Get more on Anthony in the February 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.