The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg has signed on as the co-lead opposite Jermaine Fowler in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine

With her on board, the pilot and the potential series will film in New York City, where Goldberg lives and works on another ABC program, daily talk show The View. Goldberg has another year on her View contract, and production on Delores & Jermaine would be scheduled around her duties on The View. Multi-camera sitcoms have less-demanding schedules than single-camera ones, with two other ABC morning talk show hosts, The View‘s Sherri Shepherd and Live!’s Kelly Ripa previously able to juggle filming the talkers and multi-camera sitcoms they toplined.

Jared
1 year
I'm pretty sure Sherri Shepards sitcom was the one on Lifetime not Less than Perfect.
Tim Weeden
1 year
She seems to do much better on television when she's in a recurring spot ala Glee and...
Tim Weeden
1 year
You forgot the two failed sitcoms Whoopi on NBC and Bagdad Cafe on CBS.

The View is going through a turmoil, grappling with stagnant/declining ratings and backstage drama. Goldberg is the only co-host from last season to continue, with one of the new additions, returning co-host Rosie O’Donnell, making an exit last week.

jermainefowler1-585x367Written by comedian Fowler based on his life, Delores & Jermaine, an Odd Couple for the new generation, stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Chun wrote the script with Fowler. In addition to starring, Goldberg will executive produce along with her partner Tom Leonardis, Danny Chun, who supervised the script, and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg; Fowler co-executive produces. ABC Studios is the studio.

This would mark CAA-repped Goldberg’s first full-time series gig since her short-lived eponymous NBC sitcom a decade ago. She recently recurred on Fox’s Glee.