Lifetime has ordered its first original prime-time comedy in 10 years, picking up "Rita Rocks" for a fall premiere.
The show stars "MADtv" and "The King of Queens" alumna Nicole Sullivan as a wife and mother who finds herself in the midst of an identity crisis. The solution: Start a band with her mail carrier (Tisha Campbell-Martin, "My Wife and Kids") and a neighbor (Ian Gomez, "Felicity").
Richard Ruccolo ("Two Guys and a Girl"), Raviv Ullman ("Phil of the Future") and Kelly Gould also star.
Lifetime has experimented a little bit with comedy in recent years, notably with the Eric McCormack-produced "Lovespring International," which aired in late nights two years ago. But it's relied mostly on syndicated shows like "Will & Grace" and "The Golden Girls" for its laughs.
In addition to "The King of Queens" and "MADtv," Sullivan was a regular on NBC's short-lived series "Raines" and had a recurring part on "Scrubs." Her film credits include "Superhero Movie," "Guess Who" and voice work on "Meet the Robinsons."
"Rita Rocks" comes from Media Rights Capital. Jim Berg and Stan Zimmerman ("Gilmore Girls," "Roseanne") wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai.
Lifetime 'Rocks' with Nicole Sullivan
Comedy series set to permiere in the fall
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