Meet the Moms of ABC

Compassion, patience, love, and selflessness are what make a mom, and on television, there are no exceptions. From June Cleaver, to Morticia Addams, to Lorelei Gilmore, TV moms have been showing everyone who’s in charge for years. A few women who play mothers stopped by the terrace at the Walt Disney Studios lot for cocktail hour, and I had the chance to meet some of the lovely ladies over a drink. In addition to being some of the sweetest ladies, they each play unique and interesting matriarchs on ABC.

WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
Wendi McLendon-Covey of The Goldbergs

On The Goldbergs, you see her as the large-haired blonde mother of three getting her aerobics on and trying to keep her husband in check. Her career boosts on Reno 911! and as the unforgettable, exhausted cousin of the bride in Bridesmaids led McLendon-Covey to her starring role on ABC. Though not a mom in real life, she does a great job making everyone laugh as Mrs. Beverly Goldberg.

The Goldbergs is on Tuesdays at 9pm.

FRANKIE SHAW, ALEXIS CARRA
Frankie Shaw and Alexis Carra of Mixology

Frenemies Fabienne (Shaw) and Jessica (Carra) are two of the ten New Yorkers looking for a night of fun and relaxation at the fictional bar Mix. Shaw is a familiar face on TV with previous roles including Mary Jo Cacciatore on Blue Mountain Statewhile Carra has had a series of guest starring roles on shows like Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. The unique series set up of Mixology places the entire season over the course of a single night. Jessica is a single mom looking for a hot night out (something that every mom needs once in a while!). 

Mixology is on Wednesdays at 9:30pm.

TOKS OLAGUNDOYE, JAMI GERTZ
Toks Olagundoye and Jami Gertz of The Neighbors

Acting veteran Gertz stars as the superstar mother, Debbie Weaver, while alien first lady Jackie Joyner-Kersee is played by Olagundoye. The last two decades for Gertz have been spent juggling three sons, and her nurturing spirit shows through to her character. Nigeria native Olagundoye got her start in live theatre before landing the role as an undercover alien.

The Neighbors is on Fridays at 8:30pm.

AMANDA FULLER, FLYNN MORRISON
Amanda Fuller of Last Man Standing

Kristin Baxter (Fuller) brings an uncommon character to sitcom television as a teen mom (now in her early 20s) trying to make things work for herself and her son, Boyd (Flynn Morrison). Fuller joined the show a season late, but has been a perfect addition to the cast. Her mature vision and young spirit make Kristin my favorite character on the show.

Last Man Standing is on Fridays at 8pm.

All photos copyright ABC and their respective photographers. McLendon-Covey by Bob D’Amico; Shaw and Carra by Craig Sjodin; Olagudoye and Gertz by Carin Baer; Fuller and Morrison by Nicole Wilder. I was invited to an ABC event. All opinions are 100% mine.

45 thoughts on “Meet the Moms of ABC”

  1. I don’t watch any of the shows you mentioned sadly. However, I do think that Meredith Grey and Callie from Grey’s Anatomy both are good mom’s on the show :)

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  2. I can’t believe that I haven’t seen any of these shows. I remember June Cleaver and Morticia Adams!

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  3. I have not seen any of these shows! Probably because I rarely watch television and grew up without cable! I prefer reading :)

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  4. Awesome shows, I am trying to watch them all now! I have seen some here and there but never in order of the season

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  5. I haven’t seen any of these shows but it’s because I don’t really watch TV. They all seem interesting though.

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  6. The Goldbergs cracks me up. I love all the moms on the ABC shows I watch…though they should have brought in Cali, Arizona, Meredith and Bailey from Grey’s :)

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  7. Great highlights. I haven’t watched any of these shows, but I hear The Goldbergs is funny. I see the last minute of it while I’m waiting for the Trophy Wife to come on (that has about 3 Moms in it).

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  8. I love watching moms on TV. Though they don’t exactly mimic reality, the core values and sources of stress are often the same.

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  9. I was trying to think where I just saw Jamie Gertz and then it hit me that Twister was on TV the other night. She’s great!

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  10. That’s a great insight, thanks for sharing. I love the “mommy shows”, most of them picture us moms, as we truly are: loving, patient, hard working, deeply committed to always put our kids on the first place.

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  11. We love watching “Last Man Standing”, except for in my house, I’m the last woman standing being the only chick here. I love that you mentioned Lorelie Gilmore as one of the moms, I am a to die for Gilmore Girls fan, I have watched every episodes probably a gazillion times. I love that show. I like ABC’s line up!

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  12. I’ve actually been wanting to check out Mixology and Meet The Goldbergs. I heard they were both pretty funny.

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  13. I’ve seen a couple of those shows, they’re terrific! What memories you’ll have having met them all!

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  14. I’ve watched Last Man Standing a few times, but the other shows mentioned aren’t ones I’ve been able to get into yet. I love tv moms, though. They’re often the best characters. :)

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  15. That first mom, Wendi McLendon-Covey TOTALLY looks like her body has never seen a child… I even looked her up – no kids! Hubs and I love watching Mixology!

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  16. I am so mad at myself for not starting the Goldberg’s from the beginning. I love that show, but I missed some of the early episodes.

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