Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson who’s known for his infamous role as Kyle Barker on the popular ’90s sitcom “Living Single,” is making a return to television in the new Bounce TV series “Last Call.”
The show centers on a retired NFL star played by actor Charles Malik Whitfield who opens a comedy club in Baltimore after his manager absconds with his money, leaving him with serious financial baggage. Carson stars as Arthur Payne, a widowed 60-year-old retired army veteran and entrepreneur who spends his time wise-cracking and exchanging barbs all day with the bar’s regulars. “They had him scripted like he was in his 70’s. You have to think about it, we are aging differently in this time period this ain’t your granddaddy’s 60 baby. We work out, we travel, we are well read and it’s a good way to start a conversation about aging,” Carson told Atlanta Black Star in an interview on Jan. 22.
The sitcom was directed by veteran producer Roger Bobb, who asked Carson if he was interested in doing the project. The Chicago native accepted Bobb’s offer and explained why it was important for a show like “Last Call” to exist.
“It’s us telling our stories,” Carson said. “I’m able to be on TV with a show that is created by us, for us on a network that is ours. … That’s exciting to me to be at this place at this time period.”
Carson said another pro about the Bounce series is that it allows Black people to tell their narrative from their point of view.
“I tell people it’s not about being anti-anybody else, it’s really about being pro-us,” said the Chicago native. “We’ve been taught so much to go to somebody else for their validation for who we are and our stories have been told by somebody else’s viewpoint for so long, so now we’re at a point where we have our platforms so we can actually tell our stories the way we want to tell them.”
Since the end of “Living Single” in 1998, Carson has gotten plenty of work in movies, including “A Clean Kill”, “Proximity,” “Coins for Christmas,” What Love Is” and “Final Destination 2.”
Bobb, who stopped by ABS on Monday, Jan. 14, said Carson along with the other cast-members of the sitcom meshed perfectly together.
“You can cast individuals, but it’s always interesting to see if they’re going to come together as a whole. I have to say, this cast, they jelled on a personal level and a professional level very quickly,” he said.
“Last Call” airs every Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Bounce.