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.

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  1. Carmen says:

    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.

  2. juju2 says:

    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.

  3. Romain says:

    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.

  4. watcher says:

    I’m sorry but are they not almost the same age???

  5. tazzy says:

    I’ll have to watch now. Judith Light on TV! Yes!

  6. S says:

    They were both FANTASTIC on Ugly Betty! I’ll be watching!

  7. Lea says:

    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.

  8. v says:

    how can she be kristen johnston’s mother? kristen is an ungainly, funny-shaped hag – and, she looks older than judith light!