Personally, we’re delighted Valerie Bertinelli has been having such a good year. The 48-year-old actress, whom we all were half in love with during the One Day at a Time era (did anyone have better high-waist jeans or feathered hair?), has signed on to star–and get a producing credit–in a TBS pilot playing a single mom with two small children trying to make her business work.
In February, Ms. Bertinelli, currently a Jenny Craig pitchwoman, published her memoir, Losin’ It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time. It made for some seriously compelling reading: there was her rock-n-roll roller coaster marriage to Eddie Van Halen amidst ‘80s debaucheries, her conflicted feelings about teen stardom and how her career could progress after the teen years were over, and her epic struggles with her weight (which really were epic). It was downright inspirational! So, while we had privately predicted a talk show for her next project, we’ll just root for this pilot to get picked up. It’s from the very fertile brain of Dave Caplan (The Drew Carey Show, Bill Engvall Show) so it seems possible that the network that gives you ER twice a day will have a little Bertinelli to shake at us soon enough.