As many of you know, Sherri Shepherd (pictured with Malcolm-Jamal Warner; photo credit: Pat Harbron/Lifetime Networks) got her start in comedy. She is returning to her comedic roots to bring her own sitcom to Lifetime Television. Sherri will premiere on Lifetime this Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. After a week of original episodes, the show will move to its regular time slot, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Sherri is loosely based on the comedian’s own life and follows the story of a working mother and part-time entertainer trying to pick up the pieces of her life when she splits from her husband after she discovers his affair.
I spoke with Sherri recently to get all the details of her new show. She revealed a funny true-to-life scene on an upcoming episode, where Sherri is trying to get back into the swing of the single dating life.
"This whole thing about younger guys trying to talk to me. We wrote that into the pilot with a younger guy hitting on me in a club. My girlfriends are telling me to give him my number, and I’m like, ‘What are we gonna talk about? I’ll get to his house and see his mother, and we'll realize we had gym class together.’ These things are happening and I’m like, how do I deal with this now?"
Sherri also is thrilled to be working with her dream cast. "My cast is a dream come true. They just cast Malcolm-Jamal Warner as my husband, and he’s gorgeous. Initially, when they first said Malcolm-Jamal Warner, all I could think was, this is Theo from The Cosby Show. Then he walked in the room and his voice is deep and he’s been lifting weights, and I realized, this isn’t Theo from The Cosby Show. He is all grown up and absolutely gorgeous.
"Michael Boatman from Spin City plays my son’s pediatrician, and we kind of have have been dating a little bit. They keep bringing me these gorgeous guys on the set, and they have my character playing the field. I think Wayne Brady is supposed to come on at some point."
Watch Sherri tonight on Lifetime Television at 7 p.m. ET/PT. (Read my entire interview with Sherri here.) Then stick around for the season two premiere of Rita Rocks, starring Nicole Sullivan (check back later this week to read my Nicole Sullivan interview).