Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

C'est vrai! This photo collection of fabulous CBS stars frolicking in France is fantastique! Scroll to see more stunning photos captured in the City of Light.

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French Connection

Photography by Keiron O'Connor

Blue Bloods star Bridget Moynahan standing tall in Place Vendôme, the center of Parisian high society.

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Model Behavior

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

Dressed in vintage Christian Dior, Bridget Moynahan strikes a pose.

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Luminous Lady

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

She's a caped wonder on Pont Alexandre III, Paris' famed bridge.

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Starry Nights

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

NCIS: Los Angeles hunk LL COOL J lights up Paris.

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Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

LL COOL J channels his artistic side.

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Parisian Stroll

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

Sam Hanna takes it all in stride.

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J'adore!

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

The Neighborhood star Beth Behrs gets gorgeous in Paris.

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À la mode

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Head-to-toe vintage Chanel? Oui, oui!

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All That Glitters

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Confident and chic, Beth Behrs makes a statement.

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Paris Match

Photography by Ellen von Unwerth.

The Good Wife stars Matt Czuchry and Archie Panjabi meet up for a sexy rendezvous in the City of Light.

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Chemistry Lessons

Photography by Ellen von Unwerth.

This hotshot prosecutor and mysterious private investigator are clearly sweet on each other.

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Ooh La La!

Photography by Ellen von Unwerth.

Cary Agos and Kalinda Sharma sizzle in Paris.

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Must Love Dogs

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

Cote de Pablo walks French poodles down Paris' fashionable Avenue Montaigne.

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Très Chic

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

Ziva David is three times charming in these pretty portraits.

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Haute Cuisine

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

Cote de Pablo relaxes in the famed restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée.

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Picture Perfect

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Cover girl and Under The Dome star Rachelle Lefevre is ready for her close-up.

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La Vie en Rose

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Rachelle Lefevre takes a load off.

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Lovely In Lace

Photography by Christopher Ross.

No doubt about it. She's got that je ne sais quoi.

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Photo Credit: Erik Voake/CBS.

By Nate Millado

Good things come to those who wait. It's been a longer-than-usual layoff between seasons, but starting Nov. 5, CBS rolls out its pandemic-delayed premieres. Some of your returning favorites tackle timely issues, like COVID-19 (NCIS: New Orleans, Bull) and racial injustice (The Neighborhood, All Rise, S.W.A.T.).

Others deal with major life changes (Young Sheldon says hello to college). And king of comedy Chuck Lorre's latest, B Positive, joins a laugh-out-loud comedy block on Thursdays.

Here's a preview of all 15 series premiering in November—and when to tune in!

Young Sheldon—Season 4 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Sheldon in a blue cap and gown at his graduation ceremony

Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) graduates from high school!

Photo Credit: CBS.

Sheldon (Iain Armitage) is college-bound! But not to CalTech—at least not yet. Instead, the boy genius will finish his undergrad degree closer to home—at East Texas Tech. Sheldon had to convince his mom in the Season 3 finale.

George Sr. (Lance Barber) drew up a game plan to get Mary (Zoe Perry) on board: shooting a "Why Sheldon Cooper Should Go to College" video (an early nod to the "Fun with Flags" web series Sheldon later hosts with Amy on The Big Bang Theory). In the Season 4 premiere, Sheldon breaks down when he realizes he may not be ready for college.

A new season of Young Sheldon premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

B Positive—New series premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Gina and Drew reconnect

Annaleigh Ashford as Gina and Thomas Middleditch as Drew.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Newly divorced dad Drew (Thomas Middleditch) desperately needs a donor kidney. Enter Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a rough-around-the-edges blast from his past who volunteers hers.

B Positive premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Mom—Season 8 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Bonnie and friends have a sleepover

Pictured (L-R): Jaime Pressly as Jill, Kristen Johnston as Tammy, Allison Janney as Bonnie, Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie, and Beth Hall as Wendy.

Photo Credit: CBS.

After seven seasons, star Anna Faris decided to exit the long-running mom-com. So what'll happen to Christy Plunkett? Find out in the Season 8 premiere. Also: When Bonnie (Allison Janney) invites the ladies over for a slumber party, childhood games reveal adult problems.

A new season of Mom premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS: Los Angeles—Season 12 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Special Agent Sam Hanna and Special Agent G. Callen.

LL Cool J (Special Agent Sam Hanna) and Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen).

Photo Credit: CBS.

A Russian bomber goes missing while flying over U.S. soil in the episode titled, "The Bear." Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam (LL COOL J) head to the desert to track down the aircraft and secure its weapons and intel before the Russians on board destroy the plane. Meanwhile, Hetty (Linda Hunt) puts Nell (Renée Felice Smith) in charge of a cryptic assignment.

A new season of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 8:30 PM ET/8:00 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS: New Orleans—Season 7 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Dwayne Pride wears a mask at the bar

Chelsea Field as Rita Devereaux and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride.

Photo: Sam Lothridge/CBS.

Laissez les bons temps rouler because Pride and the team are back in the Big Easy!

As you can see from a masked Scott Bakula, NCIS: New Orleans will address the pandemic in the premiere. Pride sends Tammy (Vanessa Ferlito) and Carter (Charles Michael Davis) to investigate a suspicious death aboard a humanitarian ship offshore, where they learn that some crew members are infected with COVID-19. Also, Wade (CCH Pounder) is overwhelmed by the high volume in the morgue due to the deadly disease.

A new season of NCIS: New Orleans premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 PM ET/9:00 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

S.W.A.T.—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11

Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson talks to his teenage charge

Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and Deshae Frost as Darryl.

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita.

Get ready for a double dose of Hondo (Shemar Moore) when S.W.A.T. returns with a two-hour premiere!

The first installment takes on racial tension between law enforcement and the Black community, flashing back to '92 L.A. following the Rodney King verdict. In the second hour, team S.W.A.T. goes on a stakeout for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime lord has resurfaced after being off-grid for years. Also, Tan's (David Lim) mother is a victim of racial discrimination, and Hondo encounters his ex Nichelle (Rochelle Aytes) for the first time since their breakup.

A new season of S.W.A.T. premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The Unicorn—Season 2 premieres Thursday, Nov. 12

\u200bWalton Goggins as Wade

Walton Goggins as Wade.

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For the uninitiated, a "unicorn" is a perfect guy: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment.

Widowed Wade (Walton Goggins) waded back into the dating pool during the first season. But in the Season 2 premiere, he makes an instant connection with a mystery woman he briefly meets in a parking lot—played by his Justified costar Natalie Zea! While Wade is determined to find whoever-she-was again, his daughter Natalie (Makenzie Moss) tries to convince him she's old enough to get her ears pierced. Also: Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson) awaits her fate from the colleges she applied to for her business degree.

A new season of The Unicorn premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

The Neighborhood—Season 3 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Calvin, Tina, Gemma, Dave and Marty

Cedric the Entertainer (Calvin Butler), Tichina Arnold (Tina Butler), Beth Behrs (Gemma Johnson), Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson), and Marcel Spears (Marty Butler).

Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS.

The Neighborhood doesn't shy away from timely issues—like white privilege in its first season finale, "Welcome to the Conversation." Now the sitcom is addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.

For its Season 3 premiere, "Welcome to the Movement," the Butlers (Tichina Arnold and Cedric the Entertainer) and the Johnsons (Beth Behrs and Max Greenfield) unite when a member of their community is the victim of racial injustice.

A new season of The Neighborhood premieres Monday, Nov. 16, at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bob ♥ Abishola—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Abishola and Bob on a park bench for their coffee date

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola and Billy Gardell as Bob.

Photo Credit: CBS.

First comes love, then comes marriage? Season 1 tracked the unlikely courtship between sock salesman Bob (Billy Gardell) and Nigerian nurse Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku).

In the Season 2 premiere, Bob enlists the help of Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley) to buy an engagement ring. But his plans to propose might be on ice when Abishola thinks traditional marriage is more trouble than it's worth.

A new season of Bob ♥️ Abishola premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

All Rise—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Lola Carmichael is detained in front of a cop car

Boone Platt as Deputy Wilson and Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael.

Photo Credit: Erik Voake/CBS.

Lola (Simone Missick) is detained during a protest while defending a teen girl, amid an escalating encounter with the cops. Through a series of flashbacks, details emerge surrounding that fateful night that'll have long-lasting effects on Lola, Mark (Wilson Bethel), Emily (Jessica Camacho), and Luke (J. Alex Brinson). Also, to help with the court backlog due to closures caused by COVID-19, Lola hires an outspoken clerk Ness (Samantha Marie Ware) who clashes with Sherri (Ruthie Ann Miles).

A new season of All Rise premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bull—Season 5 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Dr. Jason Bull and Taylor Rentzel

Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull and MacKenzie Meehan as Taylor Rentzel.

Photo Credit: David M. Russell/CBS.

When we last saw Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his group of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation, they helped Taylor (MacKenzie Meehan) bring a civil suit against the woman who killed her best friend in a hit-and-run. In its fifth season premiere, the TAC team struggles to adjust to a virtual court system as they ride out the NYC shutdown due to the pandemic.

A new season of Bull premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS—Season 18 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

NCIS special agents

Victoria Platt as NCIS Special Agent Veronica "Ronnie" Tyler, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres, Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

TV's most watched entertainment program returns for its 18th season! Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Fornell (Joe Spano) try to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell's daughter. Also, the team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.

A new season of NCIS premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

FBI—Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents of the FBI

Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan, Josh Segarra as Nestor Vertiz and Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell.

Photo Credit: Michael Parmelee/ CBS.

FBI is back—and so is Maggie (Missy Peregrym) from her undercover assignment. The team welcomes a new member, Special Agent Tiffany Wallace (Katherine Renee Turner) as they search for killers who orchestrated a mass shooting at a media company. OA's (Zeeko Zaki) personal connection with the case threatens to cloud his judgement.

A new season of FBI premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

FBI: Most Wanted—Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents holding guns

Kellan Lutz as Special Agent Kenny Crosby and Julian McMahon as Supervisory Special Agent Jess LaCroix.

Photo Credit: Mark Schäfer/CBS.

A hacker triggers a car crash that kills a family of three. The team races against the clock to hunt him down as his ransom demands escalate—and his chilling final target becomes apparent.

A new season of FBI: Most Wanted premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

SEAL Team—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2

Bravo Team in a snowy mountain range

AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn, David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, and Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser.

Photo Credit: Erik Voake/CBS.

Bravo One himself (David Boreanaz) directed this dramatic opener, the first episode of a two-parter. Bravo Team enters enemy territory in the snowy Spin Ghar Mountain Range to capture Al-Hazred, the leader of a terrorist group and son of the terrorist leader who Jason took down early in his career, a feat that made him Bravo One. When they're attacked, Jason and Cerberus, Bravo's canine member, are separated from the team.

A new season of SEAL Team premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MacGyver—Season 5 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver, Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor.

Photo Credit: Mark Hill/CBS.

First, the good news: The Mac pack is back and has a lead on a woman with vital intel on Codex. Now, the bad news: their target has a new secret identity—and a completely new face! Best of luck to Angus (Lucas Till) and the team, which infiltrates a glam hotel that doubles as an international criminal hideout to track her down.

A new season of MacGyver premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 8/7c on CBS, Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Magnum P.I.—Season 3 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

\u200bJay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

Photo Credit: Karen Neal/CBS.

In May's finale, Magnum (Jay Hernandez) made a last-ditch effort to keep Higgins (Perdita Weeks) from having to return to the British Isles. In need of a friend with deep pockets to pay for an expensive immigration lawyer, Magnum hits up his filthy rich boss. The (still-unseen) writer signed Robin's Nest over to Higgins, making her the boss and thus able to stay in the country. In the new season premiere, Magnum's new clients ask him to find their missing brother last seen on the island, Higgins is shot, and TC (Stephen Hill) is abducted!

A new season of Magnum P.I. premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Blue Bloods—Season 11 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan, Marisa Ramirez as Detective Maria Baez.

Photo Credit: Patrick Harbron/CBS.

The drama addresses police brutality and the pandemic in the episode titled "Triumph Over Trauma." Frank (Tom Selleck) goes head-to-head with City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (The Stand's Whoopi Goldberg) over protests, while Eddie (Vanessa Ray) helps an abrasive woman find her father's body after it was misplaced during the outset of COVID. Elsewhere, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg ) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) go missing while searching for a killer, so Jamie (Will Estes) and his nephew, Joe (Will Hochman) must team up to find them.

A new season of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

By Malcolm Venable

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2018.

Season 3 of The Neighborhood premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Magazine cover shot of Cedric the Entertainer in a sequined sports jacket

Blazer, shirt, and pants by INC International Concepts. Hat by Bailey Hats. Earrings and watch, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

Except for the smoke-colored Maserati he eases into his parking space, Cedric the Entertainer arrives for his interview on the CBS lot in uncharacteristically low-key fashion, dressed in an NFL T-shirt, athletic shorts, and a baseball cap pulled low over his tired eyes. He deserves some slack for not appearing in one of the suave ensembles and sharp fedoras he's become known for: He's just landed in L.A. after an overnight gig in Las Vegas and came straight to the set of The Neighborhood, the family sitcom costarring Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, and Tichina Arnold.

As both an executive producer and a Midwesterner with an unrelenting work ethic, Cedric is not a man who lets either wardrobe or a lack of sleep get in the way of the work, and you'll never hear him complain. "I love this job," he says. "I'd rather stay busy than sit still."

Clearly. Born Cedric Antonio Kyles in Jefferson City, Missouri, Cedric the Entertainer may be best known as one of the Original Kings of Comedy, the group whose 2000 concert film made him (along with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac) a household name, but he's also king of the Hollywood hustle. From playing cantankerous coot Eddie in the Barbershop franchise to hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to doing stand-up in clubs, performing voice work for animated hits (Ice Age, Madagascar), and even popping up on rap albums (Jay-Z, Nelly), Cedric the Entertainer has the most apt moniker in the business. He's been entertaining across every conceivable platform—more than 30 shows and 20 movies under his belt—for more than three decades.

But it's his latest turn, as Calvin Butler in The Neighborhood, that marks a new milestone for him: playing the lead on a network comedy in front of his widest audience yet.

It's a role that hits home for Cedric, who is a strong believer in the importance of community—his philanthropy includes raising funds for a wing of St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis named after his mom. And though he's never been one for partisan fights (he headlined the White House Correspondents' Dinner for George W. Bush in 2005), he feels that America's new, divided climate makes it vital to bring people together, make them laugh, and reconcile tough issues. It's a tall order, but for a man who makes high-stakes multitasking look as smooth as, well, pulling up in a Maserati, getting it done is just another day at work. Watch spent some time with Cedric [for our September-October 2018 issue] as he prepared to invite America into his Neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer standing on a chair arms outstretched, hat in the air

Coat and sweatshirt by Vince. Pants by INC International Concepts. Shoes by Gucci. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

What attracted you to this project?

The context. The original story was about a white family moving to a black neighborhood. That was something I started to see when I came to L.A. in the early '90s. My kids' godparents lived in Ladera Heights [a neighborhood home to affluent African-Americans since the 1960s], and you would see white guys jogging with headphones on. We recognized that property values were starting to go up and people were beginning to be displaced—the texture changed in neighborhoods they grew up in. This was the idea I wanted to express, to show that [African-Americans] had great cultural neighborhoods, yet when you see the money coming in, it's going to change. I felt it was a great thing to explore through comedy.

Tell me about your character, Calvin Butler. How'd you approach playing him?

Cal Butler is a guy I knew: the patriarch of the neighborhood. There were guys who would be the fathers of the whole neighborhood. If you went by Mr. Chapman's house, you better turn your music down and don't go on the grass. You'd better say hello. That was the idea I was trying to capture: He cares about the neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer in a suit drinking a slurpee on an elliptical machine

Suit and shirt by INC International Concepts. Shoes by Mezlan. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You've been on so many scripted shows, but none with as much reach as The Neighborhood. Do you feel like mainstream audiences know you, or will this be an introduction?

I've been around a long time, and people know who I am. I am surprised when people know some movies and programs. Kings of Comedy was one. It was such a big phenomenon as a concert and concept that when it broke out as the No. 1 movie, there were some white people who were like, "Who are these guys?" Even as popular as I am, there's still a large group of people who don't know who I am. I had to take that and be motivated by it in a positive way and not think that I'm at a plateau where I can't afford to grow and hustle. That's what I look forward to in trying to make sure this show is dope. Even if you think you know me, you've never seen [me] like [this]. There are things you have to take on for growth.

Do you feel pressure to make The Neighborhood successful?

To be on a major network, yeah, I feel that pressure. When the opportunity came for me to play on the biggest platform, which CBS is, as an African-American lead, you see you have the opportunity to tell our culture, and our storytelling. If you hit it out of the box, there's an opportunity to have a long run. I desire that, but I don't put it at the forefront; I'm focused on being funny and having a great show.

My run on Broadway [a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo in 2008] was a master class in becoming a great actor. I always say each week that we are literally doing a live play in front of you guys. You are going to ride the story for 30 minutes. We're going to take you and drop you off somewhere where you should laugh, feel something, have opinions. I want all these things to happen with The Neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer in a denim shit and bowtie

Shirt by Rag & Bone. Bow tie by Kenneth Cole. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You work a lot. Where'd that work ethic come from?

I think it's Midwestern. I think that's the way I approached my career early on; you had to prove a lot because you weren't on either coast. The idea that you've got to hustle is where that ethic came from.

What was your neighborhood like growing up? Was your situation at all like the story in The Neighborhood?

I lived most of my life in a small town called Caruthersville, located between Memphis and St. Louis. There was a lot of family around. We lived with my grandmother for a minute; my mom went to college and came back to teach. We lived close to uncles and cousins; I could walk over to another aunt's house. It was a very Norman Rockwell version of what America was supposed to feel like—catching lightning bugs, june bugs, real country stuff.

Then we moved to St. Louis, which was inner city. My mom got her master's degree; we stayed with my mom's sister who had 11 kids. We got thrown into another lifestyle: throwing rocks at people's windows and stealing bikes. Especially without a paternal figure, other kids teach you that. In the early '80s, at an early age, I saw this was where life was going. Mom moved again, to an African-American suburb, with maybe one or two white folk.

Cedric the Entertainer in the backseat of a Rolls Royce wearing a designer robe

Robe by Versace. Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo. Hat, watch, and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You're known for always looking dapper, with the fedoras and smooth outfits. What did clothes mean to you growing up?

Thinking back in Caruthersville, clothing was a big thing. My mom was a young mother. She was ahead of the game. She went to college, she ordered things from catalogs. As kids we would always be fly to the point where people thought we were rich.

What's your hometown like now, and why's it been important for you to do the philanthropic work you do there?

The town is still separated by race to this day. The thing I like to do is taking people outside their environment—trips for kids so they can visualize beyond their few blocks. In older times, the area was dope. We had pride and self-identity. We knew each other. It was great to have our own restaurants. Now you're not hot if you are not at Starbucks. So that kind of thing I think is important as a celebrity, as a brand, to be able to show our culture is real. That's what I want to do with this show.

Cedric the Entertainer in a suit posing silly on an elliptical machine

Suit and shirt by INC International Concepts. Shoes by Mezlan. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You have a reputation for being super nice, which is rare in Hollywood. Why?

It's important to lead with the attitude you want to receive. I try to operate from that space, where everything is calm, everybody has a good time. The thing about being nice is, it leads to an efficient job. It won't feel like a hard job as opposed to when you go in and people are mean and ornery. If you are going to spend time doing anything, you might as well take a positive route. I try to lead. If somebody is gonna be ugly around me, I shut it down.

You and your wife, Lorna Wells, have two children, Croix, 20, and Lucky Rose, 17. Does your family have a spiritual practice?

My wife and I pray together. Not every night, but that's our thing. When I came here, I visited a couple churches, but it didn't feel right—it was very Hollywood, with VIP parking. You realize as a celebrity you've got to have those things, but it doesn't feel like church, it feels like a club. I went to one and they made people get up so we could sit down. People clapping for you. At another, as soon as the service was over, nine people were up in the front with their phones, ready to take a picture. I don't think they closed their eyes during the prayer.

What kind of dad and husband are you?

I'm engaged. I spend a lot of time with my son. He's on a gap year in kung fu camp in China, living in a monastery. He's never had that kind of regimen. I told him, "For you to go forward in life, it's very important for you to have that kind of structure." Next he'll go to France to cook—he already speaks French. My daughter has a dance class, and I learned [a routine] with her. It's fun to have a good time with them. My wife and I laugh a lot—we've got a great relationship. She's such a dynamic individual and one of my greatest protectors.

Cedric the Entertainer in a denim shit and bowtie

Shirt by Rag & Bone. Bow tie by Kenneth Cole. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

What makes you angry?

Rudeness. Bullying. People who misuse power. If somebody is a jerk to somebody else, that ticks me off.

Will we ever see another Kings of Comedy?

I would love to do another Kings of Comedy. But how do you do it without Bernie Mac? I don't know. It's always been our dilemma. Bernie Mac was such a unique and strong figure. Do we try to replace that? Do we go out with just the three of us? It never felt quite right.

For me, being in the Kings of Comedy, it's like the Rolling Stones going on tour. Like, how old are these guys? But people are going to come up to you and say, "I know all your music. You are a part of my life." That's what The Original Kings of Comedy is like. Of course I would love to do it.

Is performing where you're most happy?

Yeah, doing comedy, acting. I love the opportunity to perform for people, living in the moment of discovery where you connect with people. I still remember in the beginning, when I was working a corporate job [at an insurance company]; I wrote a joke and told my mom I wanted to be a comedian. She laughed so hard [at the joke], she went to the ground.

Cedric the Entertainer pretending to blown away by a wind machine

Suit, shirt, and shoes by Stacy Adams. Socks by The Tie Bar. Tie by Ted Baker. Hat by Bailey Hats. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

Flash forward years from now. What would you like to be doing?

I see myself directing TV shows, finding young talent. I would love that as a choice to have for later as opposed to looking for roles. I've lived that life.

And you're getting recognized for doing it well—not only with your own television show, but with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! How does that feel?

That's exciting. When you start your career, you have no idea where it's going. When I first moved [to L.A.], I lived one block from Hollywood Boulevard, so we would go and see stars. Then you start seeing the ceremonies, watching people get recognized for what they do. I'm just thankful to be even wanted!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2018.

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Today the parents we see on television are a much more realistic depiction of the parents we see (and are) at home. Some TV dads stay home. Many of the families we see on our favorite shows are made up of beloved parental surrogates: siblings, godparents, friends, and neighbors. And you know what? These small-screen families feel most like our own, only better, when they aren't so "perfect."

As we celebrate Father's Day and dads on their annual day of thanks, we take a moment to recognize our current crop of favorite fictional fathers. We toast the laughter and invaluable lessons they've given us.

1. The Toughest Parents Can Be The Biggest Softies

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Cedric the Entertainer as Calvin Butler in The Neighborhood.

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Calvin Butler, The Neighborhood

Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer) is not short on opinions, nor is he shy about sharing them. But under that gruff demeanor is a man who loves his family and his neighborhood. Witness Calvin telling neighbor Dave (Max Greenfield) that he needs to appreciate his mother (Marilu Henner) while she's still around.

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2. Pain And Joy Can Coexist

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Walton Goggins as Wade Felton in The Unicorn.

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Wade Felton, The Unicorn

Watching Wade (Walton Goggins) struggle to reenter the world of relationships while working his way through mourning his deceased wife—and raising two daughters—reminds us that loss is inevitable, but life goes on. Wade is living proof that it's possible to find a way through the toughest times, especially with support from family and loyal friends like Wade's pals Michelle, Ben, Delia and Forrest. Push through the grief, and one day you'll find yourself dancing like nobody's watching when you (think) you're alone in the kitchen.

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3. Our Homes Are Always Open

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Daniel Ezra as Spencer James and Taye Diggs as Billy Baker in The CW series All American.

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Billy Baker, All American

As the varsity coach of fictional South Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) is a father figure to many, including star athlete Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), who eventually moves into his coach's home.

Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, The CW drama series All American captures their poignant relationship and showcases the positive power of parenting—even when the father figure isn't related by blood.

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4. We Can Work It Out

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Lance Barber as George Sr. in Young Sheldon.

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George Cooper Sr., Young Sheldon

George (Lance Barber) is a Texas high school football coach with a science-obsessed super-nerd for a son. The budding genius's fondness for bowties and Newtonian physics might be difficult for his dad to relate to, but George Sr.'s support and love for Sheldon (Iain Armitage) shines through when it counts, especially when the two put their heads together to convince Mary to let Sheldon attend college in the Season 3 finale.

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5. Family Comes First

Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, David Levy, and Annie Murphy in TV show Schitt's Creek.

Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, David Levy, and Annie Murphy in Schitt's Creek.

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Johnny Rose, Schitt's Creek

Played by real father and son Eugene and Dan Levy, Johnny and David Rose were once part of a dynasty so rich that Johnny bought the town of Schitt's Creek as a joke birthday gift for his son. But when the Roses lose their fortune, they are forced to live in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel in Schitt's Creek, the only asset the government didn't seize because they thought it had no value. How wrong they were.

At first dismayed by little things like a leaky roof, Johnny slowly discovers what really matters: family, even if yours is clueless about practical matters like ATMs, insurance, and the cost of Parisian eye cream ("You want the smooth under-eyes of a 16-year-old? Get a job!"). Schitt's Creek's blend of humor and heart won legions of fans and reminded us that love matters more than luxury.

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6. Learn To Laugh At Yourself

Rob Corddry and Omar Miller in TV show The Unicorn.

Rob Corddry as Forrest and Omar Miller as Ben in The Unicorn.

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Forrest and Ben, The Unicorn

Forrest (Rob Corddry) and Ben (Omar Miller) are champs when it comes to friendship and loyalty, but their skills as wingmen leave a lot to be desired, as they discover when they volunteer to take to widowed single dad Wade (Walton Goggins) out to meet women. Ben's attempts to flirt barely draw a glance from the ladies passing by, while Forrest's startle people enough to make them stumble. They might not have much game, but they've got plenty of humor. Life's too short not to laugh, even if you're sometimes the butt of the joke.

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7. Take A Stand For What's Right

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Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce in Black Lightning.

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Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning

After years of fighting The 100, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) hung up his superhero suit to spend time with his daughters and serve his community as principal of Garfield High. But he's soon reminded—and he reminds us, as Black Lightning—that problems don't get solved on their own, so we must all take a stand against injustice when we see it.

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8. Change Is Scary, But It's Unavoidable

\u200bMatthew McCann and Matt LeBlanc on the set of TV show Man With A Plan.

Matthew McCann as Teddy and Matt LeBlanc as Adam in Man With A Plan.

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Adam Burns, Man With A Plan

When his wife returns to work, Adam Burns (Matt LeBlanc) finds out he'll be spending a lot more quality time with his kids. Suddenly, this old-school dad is confronted with the challenges of modern parenting, from deodorant emergencies to veganism to a13-year-old girl "all whacked up on hormones." His three kids expect their "Fun Daddy" to be a pushover, but Adam learns to take charge and lay down the law—with plenty of laughs along the way. He's a good reminder that life is bound to throw you curves, so you might as well lean into them.

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9. Men Make Great Hosts

Will Estes, Vanessa Ray, Bridget Moynahan, Tom Selleck, Sami Gayle, and Donnie Wahlberg in TV show Blue Bloods.

Will Estes as Jamie Reagan, Vanessa Ray as Officer Eddie Janko, Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan, Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle, Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan in Blue Bloods.

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Francis "Frank" Reagan, Blue Bloods

"Family matters" is the underlying theme of this series, which regularly features four generations of the Reagan clan at the home of Frank (Tom Selleck) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for their weekly Sunday dinner. While the law-enforcement officer spends plenty of his off-duty time refereeing family squabbles, he's rightly confident that at this table, everyone has each other's backs.

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10. Never Give Up

Max Greenfield in the TV show The Neighborhood.

Max Greenfield as Dave Johnson in The Neighborhood.

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Dave Johnson, The Neighborhood

An eternal optimist, Dave Johnson (Max Greenfeld) refuses to be daunted by the initially reluctant reception he and his family get from their new neighbor Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer) in The Neighborhood. True, Dave's prone to social blunders and he faces setbacks—including falling off the roof and accidentally knocking out the power in the Butlers' house—but he keeps trying.

Like every glass-half-full guy, he knows instinctively that things are hard before they get easy. And sure enough, as the show unfolds, he and Calvin discover each other's humanity under their differences.

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