The move to CBS
SEASON PREMIERE OF
"FAMILY MATTERS" SEPT. 19, 1997 ON CBS
STEVE URKEL GETS A MAKEOVER ON THE NETWORK
AND SEASON PREMIERE OF "FAMILY MATTERS,"
STARRING REGINALD VELJOHNSON, JOMARIE PAYTON-NOBLE,
DARIUS McCRARY, KELLIE WILLIAMS AND JALEEL WHITE, FRIDAY,
SEPT. 19 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
When Laura Winslow's sorority hosts a kissing auction and
Steve Urkel "volunteers" his services, she
agrees that he can partake -- with the proviso that he
update his look, on the Network and season premiere of
FAMILY MATTERS, starring Reginald VelJohnson, JoMarie
Payton-Noble, Darius McCrary, Kellie Williams and Jaleel
White, Friday, Sept. 19 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS
"Family Matters"' ever-extending Winslow family
has moved to a new home at CBS as the series enters its
ninth season. Leading the charge is the irrepressible
Steve Urkel, who with his first nasal adage ("Did I
do that,?") became a household name as one of the
most beloved nerds on television. Eight years ago, when
Carl and Harriette Winslow invited Carl's mother to move
in with them and their two teen-age children, Eddie and
Laura, they didn't realize that their house would soon
become a three-ring circus. But nothing made quite the
impact as next-door neighbor Urkel, who moved in shortly
thereafter and quickly became a walking, talking disaster
area, driving everybody in the family -- especially Carl
-- crazy. Although their house is already full to the
rafters, the Winslows recently opened their doors and
their hearts to foster child 3J. Together, under one
bulging roof, this lively group gives new meaning to the
word chaos, but there is one thing everyone knows for
sure -- family matters most.
In the season premiere, Steve readies himself for the
sorority auction by loosing the suspenders and going
through voice therapy. Once the auction begins, Laura
bids on Urkel in order to protect his feelings. But when
she collects her prize, Urkel's not the only one wowed by
their kiss. Meanwhile, Harriette's promotion and raise at
work threaten Carl into moonlighting as a parking
Reginald VelJohnson (Carl) has appeared as Police
Sergeant Al Powell in the motion pictures "Die Hard"
and "Die Hard II." Among his additional feature
film credits are "Posse," "Glory Days,"
"Crocodile Dundee," "Wolfen," "Ghostbusters,"
"Armed and Dangerous," "The Cotton Club"
and "Turner and Hooch." Among his additional
television credits are the films "Quiet Victory: The
Charlie Wedemeyer Story" on CBS, and the recent mini-series
"Grass Roots" and "Tales from the Crypt:
Werewolf Concerto." He has also guest starred in the
series "The Equalizer" on the Network, "Perfect
Strangers" and "227."
JoMarie Payton-Noble (Harriette) got her first real break
when she took over the principal role of Idella, opposite
Robert Guillaume, in the touring company of the musical
"Purlie." While holding a full-time job at a
travel agency, she was able to make recurring appearances
in the television series "Silver Spoons,"
"Small Wonder," "The New Odd Couple,"
"227," "The Redd Foxx Variety Show"
and, on CBS, "Frank's Place." Her feature film
credits include "Body and Soul," "Deal of
the Century," "Colors," "Cross My
Heart" and "Troop Beverly Hills."
Darius McCrary (Eddie) made his feature film debut in
1987 opposite Paul Winfield in "Big Shots" and
went on to appear in the Academy Award-nominated film
"Mississippi Burning." His television credits
include guest-starring appearances in the series "Amen,"
"Hooperman" and "What's Happening Now?"
Kellie Shanygne Williams (Laura) began studying acting at
the age of four and landed her first stage role at six in
a regional production of "Cousins." She has
since starred in such plays as "Works in Progress,"
"With a Child's Eyes," "Joe Turner's Come
and Gone" and "The Colored Museum," all
with Repertory Inc. in Washington, D.C., and in "Mine
and Yarns" at the International Drama Festival in
Dundalk, Ireland. Williams has also performed in two
tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- "Birthday
Celebration" at the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and "Celebration
for a King." Williams' feature film credits include
"Suspect" and "Men Don't Leave."
Jaleel White (Urkel) got his start in television as a
regular in the CBS series "Charlie & Company,"
with Flip Wilson and Gladys Knight. He has also guest
starred in the series "The Jeffersons" on the
Network, and "Mr. Belvedere." His television
credits include an appearance with Bea Arthur in a
rousing dance number on the special "The 5th Annual
American Comedy Awards" and guest-starring roles in
"Step by Step" and "Full House." He
also starred in "The Jaleel White Special" and
was featured in the news special "President Clinton:
Answering Children's Questions." White's television
film credits include "Leftovers," with John
Denver, and "Silence of the Heart," with
Mariette Hartley and Charlie Sheen, on the Network. He is
an avid basketball player and spends every moment he can
on the court.
FAMILY MATTERS is a Bickley-Warren Productions and Miller-Boyett
Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Thomas L. Miller, Robert L. Boyett, Williams Bickley,
Michael Warren and David Duclon are executive producers;
Gary Menteer, Fred Fox, Jr. and Jim Geoghan are co-executive
producers. Joel Zwick directed a script by David Duclon
& Gary Menteer.
Carl . . . . . . . Reginald VelJohnson
Harriette. . . . .JoMarie Payton-Noble
Eddie. . . . . . . . . .Darius McCrary
Laura. . . . .Kellie Shanygne Williams
Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle/Myrtle Urkel. .Jaleel White
Maxine . . . . . . . . .Cherie Johnson
Greta. . . . . . . . . .Tammy Townsend
Dr. Grabowsky. . . . . . . Richard Fox
Pepe Peterson. . . . . Javier Ronceros
Irene. . . . . . . . . . . Alli Spotts
Roy. . . . . . . . . .Peter Van Norden
Sheila . . . . . . . . . Damara Reilly
Laberta. . . . . . . . Lizette Carrion
Girl 1. . . . . . . . .Mercedes Colon
Girl 2. . . . . . . . . Laura Meshell