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TV News: Michael Boatman Replacing Duane Martin On ‘Instant Mom’ + Ashanti Joins ‘Army Wives’

TV News: Michael Boatman Replacing Duane Martin On ‘Instant Mom’ + Ashanti Joins 'Army Wives'

First, Michael Boatman will replace Duane Martin, who was initially cast to star alongside Sheryl Lee Ralph and Tia Mowry in the Nick at Nite family comedy pilot Instant Mom.

Creadted by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, and written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler, Instant Mom (which is based on the real lives of Bell and Butler) centers on:

… a 25-year-old party girl (Mowry) who trades in Cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man with kids.

Boatman will play the character Martin was initially assigned to play – the older gentlemen with kids; Sheryl Lee Ralph will play Mowry’s mother, and rounding out the starring cast will be Sydney ParkTylen Williams and Damarr Calhoun, who’ll play Martin’s character’s 3 kids.

Deadline gives a reason for the recasting as a result of yesterday’s table read.

Second, Ashanti has been cast in Lifetime’s Army Wives as a series regular, joining two other additions, Torrey DeVitto and Elle McLemore.

Ashanti will play a character named Latasha Durant, described as “an optimistic mother of three, a sexy, fun woman who knows how to keep a husband – and how to keep him in line.

Ashanti joins the series during its upcoming 7th season, which will begin shooting in mid-December.

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I actually like the casting change. Duane imo didnt fit the part. Duane has the Real husbands of hollywood to pick him up


could you all GIVE EXAMPLES of the comedic range michael boatman possess? he was on that michael fox show Spin City but I never watched, was he funny? On the shows that I have seen him on he is serious, not comedic: SVU, Game( ass Punk Asss Chauncey), Good Wife

Michael (oct 64) and Duane (aug 65) are both born in 60s so WHAT HAPPENED at the table read to cancel duane and bring in Michael?

I think Duane had great comedic timing on All Of US.
..& b4 u f v k s start, no I AM NOT will nor tisha nor duane himself.
Im a fan of Tia . I'm tia's left bunion.
A true Mowry fan knows what this means.

Adam Scott Thompson

Been a Boatman fan since "Arliss."

D.C. Kirkwood

Congrats to Ashanti, I must admit she has a lot of determination and she stays on her grind. I like the casting change for Instant Mom. I think they will have good chemistry.


Yes. Boatman makes a lot more sense than Martin did. I hope Boatman and Mowry will have good chemistry.

Bohemian princess

Maybe I'm alone here but I actually prefer the casting change. Michael Boatman has more range. His comedic timing and his dramatic capabilities make him a better choice, IMHO. I'm sure Duane will land on his feet with another project. In the meantime, I'm have no doubt that Will would be more than happy to give him a shoulder to cry on.

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