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Lifetime greenlights a new sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 11th 2008 7:00PM
Nicole SullivanWhen I interviewed Susanne Daniels, the President for Entertainment at the Lifetime Network, she was high on the success of Army Wives, and anxious to bring more comedy to the network.

"Viewers tell us that they love our comedies, our movies, Army Wives. I would argue that more people identify Reba and Will and Grace with our network now than the networks that launched them. And I was at the WB when Reba launched!" she said in TV Week. Well, now she's launching a new comedy, this time for Lifetime.

Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes of a new sitcom called Rita Rocks for this fall and cast Nicole Sullivan as Rita. The show will be part of a one-hour comedy block with Reba. "We've assembled a fantastic team in front of and behind the camera," said Ms. Daniels in a statement today.

I agree with Susanne about Nicole Sullivan. I've been a fan since her stint on The King of Queens. She was a semi-regular playing Holly, whose job as a dog-walker included walking Carrie's father Arthur, who was played by the great Jerry Stiller.

Hopefully, Rita Rocks will be as funny as that. Nicole has had a wide variety of roles on TV. She's well-known for her work on Mad TV, as well as Scrubs, Raines and My Boys. Richard Ruccolo (Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place -- remember that one? With Ryan Reynolds and Traylor Howard) and sitcom vet Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife and Kids) will co-star in Rita Rocks, the story of a working mom who tries to recapture her youth by forming a rock band.

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