Valerie Bertinelli, former star of One Day at a Time, has signed with TBS to star in a new, unnamed sitcom.The vehicle, reports Variety, will feature Bertinelli as a single mom struggling to raise her two kids and run the family business after her husband walks out on her. The Bill Engvall Show, George Lopez and The Drew Carey Show vet Dave Caplan will pen the series. Bertinelli also will receive a producing credit.In an ironic twist, Bertinelli, who once played the child of a single parent on One Day at a Time, will now be playing the single mom. Bonnie Franklin, expect a call from Bertinelli asking for sage advice
and hopefully not about single mom hairdos. Erin FoxRelated Bertinelli to Get Her Own Talk Show Use Our Online Video Guide to Watch More Valerie Bertinelli
Just as sister cabler TNT disclosed its own plan to pump up the volume of original content, TBS unveiled its own development slate. Among the series to one day join the ranks of My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show and Frank TV: A sitcom based on Jane Ganahl's memoir Naked on the Page; The Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife. Betty Thomas (Dream On) will direct. A series penned by Dave Caplan (The Drew Carey Show), about a jilted single mom with two kids and a struggling lumberyard. (Note to TV execs: Enough with the shows set at a lumberyard!!) A domestic comedy about a low-level judge and her prosecutor hubby.TBS has also ordered pilots for a Match Game reboot (previously reported on here) and Stay Tuned, in which animated couch potatoes channel-surf through animated offerings.Late-night shows in development include a sketch series fronted by Robert Townsend and one puppet-ulated by The Jim Henson Company.
TBS announced on Tuesday morning that in addition to renewing 10 Items or Less for a second season, it has the following series in development: Uncommon Sense, a domestic comedy penned by Larry Miller; Big Shot, a Jamie Foxx-produced series about a teenage NBA rookie; a Dave Caplan (Drew Carey Show)-penned laffer about a woman who finds humor in life despite adversity; and Bob Newhart: In Search of Comedy, a late-night comedy anthology.Over at A&E, Ice Cube has been tapped to produce Good in the Hood, a reality-series pilot in which a reformed gang member, drug dealer or thief helps similar folk turn their lives around.