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Etheridge to Be Sitcom Mom

Rocker will play lesbian mother on TV

September 30, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Rocker and gay activist Melissa Etheridge will make her acting debut in a half-hour sitcom in the works now at ABC.

The as-yet untitled show will feature Etheridge as a gay music teacher living with her best friend, a straight man. The two become parents when they find themselves raising another friend's daughter together. (The project was shopped around as a sort of reverse Will & Grace, with a kid.)

Etheridge is producing, with The Sopranos's Emmy-winning Brad Grey as an executive producer. The 20th Century Fox TV and Brad Grey TV comedy will be penned by Linda Wallem, executive producer of That '70s Show.

Lucky Live, a DVD of Etheridge's April 17th performance at New York City's Roseland Ballroom, was released this Tuesday.

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