Exclusive: Judith Light Cast as Kristen Johnston's Mom TV Land's The Exes

It’s an Ugly Betty reunion on TV Land!

Tube vet Judith Light will guest star as Kristen Johnston’s mother on the network’s new comedy series The Exes, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The sitcom centers around Holly (Johnston), a divorce attorney who ignores her own relationship issues by helping three divorced men get back on track. Holly also happens to live across the hall from the aforementioned trio, played by Donald Faison (Scrubs), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) and David Alan Basche (The Starter Wife).

Light, a veteran of Who’s the Boss, has no shortage of experience playing a mom on TV. Most recently, she replaced Blythe Danner as Cooper’s mom on Nurse Jackie. She also spent several seasons as matriarch Claire Meade on Ugly Betty, on which Johnston also recurred.

The Exes premieres Nov. 30 at 10:30/9:30c, following the return of Hot in Cleveland.

Comments (11)

  • This show sounds like a type of Big Bang Theory only in reverse. This time with the female across the hall as the brain and the guys as the dolts.

    Comment by Carmen – September 8, 2011 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was hoping Judith Light would make it back to One Life to Live before the curtain goes down. She was one of their most memorable characters ever as Karen Wolek, doctor’s wife by night and hooker by day.

    Comment by juju2 – September 8, 2011 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree wholeheartedly with this! That storyline was riveting. It’d be great to see Karen again.

      Comment by mims – September 8, 2011 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In a way it would be nice to have her back in Llanview, but her character would be a perfect stranger to most of the people on the show now.

      Comment by Tego Livi – September 9, 2011 12:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To me, this is the bad case scenario where someone you really like ends up being cast opposite someone you utterly dislike. I love Judith Light but absolutely can’t stand Kristen Johnston. Since the former is only guest-starring, while the latter is the show’s female lead, the cons outweigh the pros in this instance. I’ll take a pass on the show.

    That being said, should TVLand ever wish to develop a starring vehicle for Judith Light the way Hot in Cleveland and Happily Divorced were built around their female stars, I would gladly be watching that.

    Comment by Romain – September 8, 2011 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m sorry but are they not almost the same age???

    Comment by watcher – September 8, 2011 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, Judith is 18 years older than Kristen. It’s possible for them to be mother and daughter.

      Comment by Kate – September 9, 2011 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll have to watch now. Judith Light on TV! Yes!

    Comment by tazzy – September 8, 2011 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They were both FANTASTIC on Ugly Betty! I’ll be watching!

    Comment by S – September 8, 2011 09:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holding out hope that we will see her again before OLTL ends. Judith Light took the role of Karen and blew it out if the water.

    Comment by Lea – September 8, 2011 09:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • how can she be kristen johnston’s mother? kristen is an ungainly, funny-shaped hag – and, she looks older than judith light!

    Comment by v – November 30, 2011 11:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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