BET’s new eight-episode series “Carl Weber’s The Family Business” is getting positive reviews and high ratings. And folks in the DC area can be especially proud to claim three of the show’s main cast members.
Based on The New York Times best-selling author’s most popular family crime drama novel, the show tells the story of the Duncans, a prominent family from Jamaica, Queens living fast and luxurious. By day, they’re an upstanding family; by night, they live a dangerous secret life. The patriarch of the family, L.C. Duncan, is at the age when he’s starting to think about retirement and has to decide which of his children should take over his thriving exotic car dealership. At the same time, the family is under siege from some of the top politicians, mafia, and drug cartels in the city.
Acclaimed-actor Ernie Hudson is the executive producer of the series and also plays the starring role of L.C. Duncan. Among his support cast of seasoned performers and newcomers, are three actors with strong ties to the Washington, DC area.
Born in Augsburg, Germany, and raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Javicia Leslie plays the role of L.C. Duncan youngest child Paris. Leslie also has a regular role as Ali Finer in CBS’s new series “God Friended Me.”
Playing the role of Paris’ twin brother Rio, is Arrington Foster. He was born and raised in Clinton, Maryland, and most recently lived in Laurel, Maryland, before moving to Los Angeles.
Clifton Powell, who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, plays the role of Uncle Lou.
Leslie and Arrington appear throughout the entire series and Powell is in the first three episodes.
The third episode of “Carl Weber’s The Family Business” airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on BET.