Annie Barrett
March 04, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

The View cohost and Tracey Jordan’s TV wife Sherri Shepherd will star in her own sitcom, Lifetime has announced. The show, loosely based on Shepherd’s life, will be about a woman who invites her husband’s mistress and illegitimate child to move in to their house. It was originally developed for The CW, but when that network turned it down (likely in favor of a hidden-camera high-end shopping mall series called Cash Register), Lifetime — owned by ABC’s parent company, Disney — picked it up.

Shepherd’s series would obviously fare better on a broadcast network, and the idea that ABC itself would snub a black family sitcom when its star is on the network every morning is super lame. It’s not like people are in the habit of clicking over to Lifetime for a good laugh. During primetime it’s usually, like, Army Wives or original movies like How Dare You Take My Daughter You Just Slept With. Lifetime should consider sandwiching Shepherd’s show inside a giant block of Golden Girls and Cybill reruns. It’s rough out there for a sitcom lately, but a sassy/silly lady with a built-in audience headlining a blended-family show on a network targeted to women…it could work. Right? And the Earth is flat. Right? I’ve never really thought about it.

Would you watch Sherri on Lifetime? Is she popular enough to carry a show?

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