Tammie Souza (The Souzas)
|The Souzas character|
|Tammie Souza on The Souzas.png|
|Created by||Ava Zinn|
|Voiced by||Tammie Souza|
|Full name||Tamara Anne Souza|
Tamara Anne "Tammy" Souza is a character voiced by the meteorologist of the same name on the American animated television series Queen of the Willis and The Souzas. She is the main weather anchor of CBS 10 in Detropolis, Ohio, where The Souzas is set. She has appeared on a recurring basis since her first appearance on Queen of the Willis.
Tammie Souza made her first appearance in in Queen of the Willis episide "Brandi See, Donkey Do" when her daughter, Brandi, gave birth to Deanna's child, Tessanne. She also makes her first appearance in the pilot episode of The Souzas. In that episode Tammie attends Brandi and Deanna's wedding.
The Souzas co-creator Ava Zinn wrote, produced and wrote several episodes of her second cartoon series Queen of the Willis. Souza played a rendition of herself in "Brandi See, Donkey Do", first broadcast in December 2011. In the episode, Souza's fictionalized persona displays characteristics that replicate to the later The Souzas character. However, she dressed formally and behaved slightly similarly to her role as a meteorologist at WTSP-TV (channel 10) in Tampa, Florida. Zinn found Souza's personality and performance from the real-life CBS affiliate so outstanding that she created a character for Queen of the Willis and The Souzas.
|“||The character we've created is kind of this alternate-universe Tammie Souza where she's the mother of one fo the main characters, and we deliberately have not made any references to her as a television personality, because we like keeping that separate. It's the obvious place to go. We tried it with Bob Donaldson, Diane Willis, and Kaitlyn Kendall; we thought it would be funny to do something different with Brandi Souza's mother. People like Clyde Lee who have taken whacks at this sort of thing — there's a precedent for it. She's Brandi's mother, but she's this woman who clearly does not have it all together.||”|
Souza is the first Souzas character, whose voice actress voices herslef. Additionally, Souza–along with Bob Donaldson and Kaity Kendall–are respectively Deanna's mother-in-law, Ava's father-in-law and Kendra Kendall's sister. Souza, Donaldson, and Kendall are the relatives to the main characters on Queen of the Willis.
- Brandi See, Donkey Do
- Ava Zinn interview