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Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm Jamal Warner have an intimate spread in the January issue of Upscale magazine. Inside, the stars of BET’s new sitcom, “Reed Between the Lines,” discuss their onscreen chemistry and why they don’t mind comparisons to “The Cosby Show.”

On their onscreen chemistry:

Tracee Ellis Ross: I didn’t have a picture in my head of who should be my (onscreen husband) and first moment with him was so palpable… doing scenes with Malcolm does not feel like acting. It’s like it just happens, and I think that’s the magic that people long for.

Malcolm Jamal Warner: If you’re going to be joined at the hip, you want it to be with someone who shares the same vision and shares the same kind of integrity and’s probably one of the best non-physical love affairs that I’ve ever had.  We have a great rapport and it’s probably one of the best non-physical affairs I’ve ever had.

On comparisons to The Cosby Show:

Tracee Ellis Ross: In our world, it’s always easier for people to put a handle on something so they can grasp what it is like, If we could in any way, shape or form hold a candle to what Cosby did, represented and was, then we have succeeded.

Malcolm Jamal Warner: None of us is Bill Cosby, so we’re not trying to recreate Cosby. What we are trying to recreate is the universality and the timelessness.

What do you think of “Reed Between the Lines” so far? Do Tracee and Malcolm have the chemistry to make the show a lasting success like The Cosby’s?

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

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