Lifetime picks up Shepherd comedy

Sitcom loosely based on 'View' co-host's experiences

Lifetime has picked up "Sherri," the comedy pilot starring Sherri Shepherd, to series with a 12-episode order.

"The View" co-host is expected to announce the pickup on the ABC talk show Tuesday morning. She will continue her duties on "View" while starring on the Lifetime series.

The sitcom, loosely based on Shepherd's experiences, centers on a woman who contends with her husband's infidelity when she allows her husband's girlfriend and their illegitimate child to move in with them.

Comedy veteran Terri Minsky has come on board as an executive producer/showrunner of the series, which is also exec produced by Nina Wass and Gene Stein.

Dave Flebotte, who penned the show, originally developed it for the CW and executive produced the pilot, will be a consultant. Shepherd will serve as a co-exec producer.

"Sherri" was one of three comedy pilots ordered by Lifetime, along with "Alligator Point" starring Cybill Shepherd, and an untitled project starring Valerie Bertinelli.

With the order for "Sherri," the other two are not going forward.

The cast of "Sherri" also includes Tammy Townsend ("Lincoln Heights"), Kali Rocha ("Grey's Anatomy"), Elizabeth Regen ("The Black Donnellys") and Kate Reinders ("Ugly Betty").
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