TV Land is developing a laffer to star Sherri Shepherd on the heels of her guest arc on “Hot in Cleveland.”
Project is a femme buddy comedy featuring Shepherd and her best friend from high school, who are reunited after years apart. The friend winds up helping Shepherd’s character run a weight-loss center.
Christine Zander (“Nurse Jackie”) and Cindy Caponera (“Shameless”) are co-writing the script and will exec produce, along with Nina Wass and Shepherd.
Project is targeted to be one of three to four pilots that TV Land hopes to shoot over the summer, with the goal of having a new skein or two ready to preem later this year or in early 2013.
Shepherd, a regular on ABC’s daytime yakker “The View,” charmed TV Land brass with her recent guest stint on the cabler’s cornerstone scripted original, “Cleveland.” She’s had a recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” in recent years. She also toplined a Lifetime laffer, “Sherri,” in 2009. Wass and Caponera also worked on “Sherri.”