Originally published on Advocate.com August 21 2004 12:00 AM ET
Zadan and Meron to produce new Brandy sitcom
Actress-singer Brandy is returning to her comedy series roots. The former star of UPN's Moesha is finalizing a development deal to headline a half-hour series project at Fox. The concept is still being worked on. The deal reunites Brandy with the project's out executive producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. In 1997 she played the title role in the duo's hit musical Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, which launched the most recent incarnation of the Wonderful World of Disney franchise on ABC. Two years later Brandy starred opposite Diana Ross in another musical for ABC, Double Platinum, executive-produced by Zadan, Meron, and her mother-manager Sonja Norwood. While working on the project, Brandy will continue to promote her latest Atlantic album Afrodisiac, which has sold about 287,000 copies in the United States since its release in June, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Brandy got her big break at age 14 with a role on ABC's short-lived 1993 comedy series Thea. The following year she released her self-titled debut album. From 1996-2001 she starred in Moesha, which spawned another long-running sitcom for UPN, The Parkers. The year after her series wrapped MTV chronicled Brandy's road to motherhood in the reality series Brandy: Special Delivery.