Call Me Kat is adding a well-known character for a unique position.
According to Deadline, the third season cast of FOX’s Call Me Kat has added Emmy Award winner Vicki Lawrence (Mama’s Family, Eunice) to play Phil’s mother, Lurlene Crumple, a no-nonsense woman who steps in as the cafe’s baker while Phil is away. Lurlene Crumple was portrayed by the late actor Leslie Jordan.
Jordan and Lawrence previously acted together in the television series The Cool Kids, which follows three friends living in a retirement home as their cozy lives are upended by a newcomer to the neighborhood.
Executive producer Maria Ferrari said the following about her appearance on the FOX sitcom:
“Leslie’s death absolutely affected the storylines. We can exclusively confirm that Phil’s mother will be featured in an episode that we’re shooting right now. We cast Leslie’s friend Vicki Lawrence in the role.”
Another executive producer, Jim Patterson, spoke about the episode:
“The first person we thought of to play his mom— who is a character in and of herself— was Vicki Lawrence. They had that Cool Kids connection and she’s amazing and so funny. We mentioned it and, God bless her, she didn’t hesitate; she said yes right away. We know the spirit of Phil will certainly be with her. It’s going to be fun to have that character doing some of the same in-jokes we did when Phil was there.”
According to Deadline, Jordan will make one final appearance on Call Me Kat in the eighth episode of Season 3 titled “Call Me Fancy Puffenstuff,” which is scheduled to air on December 1.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Lawrence on Call Me Kat? Do you think that she could be a good addition to the regular cast?