From ‘Girlfriends’ to ‘Bad Girls’: Tracee Ellis Ross’ New TV Role

March 16, 2012  |  

Everyone misses Tracee Ellis Ross as Joan on “Girlfriends,” but our favorite funny lady is back to star as another high-powered woman in a different kind of show about a group of women.

Tracee has just been cast as one of the leads in the NBC pilot for a new show called “Bad Girls.” The drama is adapted from the long-running UK series and it will follow the lives of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison. According to, Tracee will play Rachel, a high-powered business woman who is serving time for selling phony mortgages. Because her character delayed having kids to pursue her career, she’s now desperate to get pregnant, which is where the drama is sure to unfold as that’s not so likely to happen behind prison bars.

There’s no word on when filming is set to begin or when the series will make it’s debut, but Jurnee Smollett, Rick Gonzalez and Zoe Boyle, have also been cast in the new drama. The interesting plot definitely makes this sound like a show worth watching. I wonder what this new project means for “Reed Between the Lines?”

What do you think about this plot? Are you excited to see Tracee Ellis Ross in a serious role?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

More on Madame Noire!

Trending on MadameNoire

View Comments
Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
  • I love the original Bad Girls from the UK…so I hope it’s just as good in the U.S…

  • Myssjackson

    I’m excited! I love Tracee, can’t get enough of Jurnee, Rick has always been my boo, and I don’t know who Zoe is but I still can’t wait! And Reed Between the Lines wasn’t bad but the chemistry was never there for me, the cast just didn’t flow well, but it was still sweet to watch!

  • luv her too pieces!!! 

  • Candacey Doris

    I’m happy she’s getting more roles.She’s a genuinely good actress. What happens to Ree Between the Lines though? I love that show now….

  • Ona2684

    Sounds like an interesting show. I’ll tune it. I’m not crazy about Reed Between the Line though, it’s little too corny for my taste…

    • Well thats BET 4 ya… if its not 106th & Park or The Game or the other show … it come on the same night as the Game…. well im sure u kno what im talkin bout… but yeah im sure its not coming back. 

  • Stephanie

    Tracee & Jurnee 2 of the best in the business … I’ll be watching!!! 🙂

  • Earthspirit

    She is such a diverse actress. It will be great to see Tracee in more dramatic roles. I wondered the same about “Reed Between The Lines”, though it’s still growing on me,. I hope that they keep it running.