Tempestt Bledsoe Returns to TV

Bledsoe, who played Vanessa Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” TV’s biggest hit in the 1980s is back on the television circuit.

She was the star of the American comedy, which aired for eight seasons on the television network NBC.

In a new family comedy called “Guys with Kids,” which premieres in September, Bledsoe plays Marny, a working wife who leaves her children in the care of her husband Gary (played by Anthony Anderson).

For Bledsoe, who has enjoyed success in the entertainment business since the age of four, it’s a dream to be back at NBC, the former network that aired “The Cosby Show.”

“This network sets the stage often,” says Bledsoe. “It is the first one out of the box on so many different things and they take a chance and a risk in trying new adventures. It’s a dream job to be back at NBC.”

The show, produced by Emmy award-winner Jimmy Fallon, is about three 30-something new dads trying to hold on to their youth and also stars Jamie-Lynn Sigler of “The Sopranos” and actors Zach Cregger and Jesse Bradford.

Bledsoe, who had a short-lived talk show in the mid-90s called “Tempestt” and has guest starred on shows like “Raising the Bar” began her career singing jingles for radio and television commercials in her hometown of Chicago. By the age of ten, she was cast as “Vanessa” on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” the family comedy which broke new ground in television and is widely regarded as one of the greatest shows in television history.

“That show was my childhood. It greatly influenced the kinds of projects I did. It helped form my core values, like my work ethic,” shares the actress who serves as a role model for young people, and has also served as the National Spokesperson for D.A.R.E. as well as The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Some of her most recent television work in the U.S. includes the original movie “Wishing Well,” Steven Bochco’s “Raising the Bar,” Oxygen’s “Husband for Hire,” and the voice of Abbey on “The Replacements.”

Bledsoe can be heard voicing the lead character of Sheriff Hooper in the upcoming animated feature release of “ParaNorman,” due in theaters August 2012.

Pictured: Tempestt Bledsoe

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