Melissa Peterman, the comic and actress from Minneapolis who starred on the prime-time hit "Reba," is hosting an evening network game show that tests how well parents know their little tykes.
ABC said Wednesday that "Bet On Your Baby" will debut in April with Peterman, the mother of a 7-year-old, as the host. The hourlong show's premise? Mom and Dad try to predict their toddler's next move in an effort to win money for their child's education. The network said it has ordered eight episodes so far. "The concept of the show just appealed to me on many levels," Peterman, said, "because as a mom I liked the fact that the kids are having fun and being themselves. ... There is no one more naturally hilarious and fun to watch than a toddler."
Peterman, 41, an alum of Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, portrayed Barbra Jean for more than 100 episodes on "Reba" until the show's run ended in 2007. She currently plays Bonnie Wheeler on ABC Family's "Baby Daddy." The Minneapolis native got her big break in 1996 portraying one of the hookers in the Coen brother's Oscar-winning film "Fargo."
PAUL WALSHAt last minute, Lohan appears in court
Lindsay Lohan appeared in court with a new attorney after indicating she would miss the mandatory appearance because she had been sick. Facing the likelihood of an arrest warrant if she failed to show, Lohan flew to Los Angeles from New York to face Judge Stephanie Sautner for allegedly violating probation in a jewelry shoplifting case and to answer to a new charge of lying to police for allegedly telling them she was not driving a Porsche involved in a collision with a truck. Sautner approved Mark Heller as Lohan's new counsel. Heller suggested Lohan had the flu, but conceded it was a cold. Lohan, 26, will not have to appear at her next court date March 1.
'BEAUTIFUL' SINGERS: The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The chorus features 26 children from the school. Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem.
WED: Actor Jim Nabors said marrying his partner of 38 years doesn't change anything about their relationship. "I just wanted it legal," the actor, 82, best known as Gomer Pyle in "The Andy Griffith Show" said. Nabors married Stan Cadwallader, 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15. "He's my best friend," Nabors said. "I think every person on this earth has a choice of who they want to spend their life with."
SPLIT: Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are separating after 11 years of marriage. Judd's spokeswoman confirmed that the actress, 44, and the Scottish race car driver, 39, are ending their marriage, but that they will "always be family." The couple wed in Scotland in 2001.