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Heather Locklear will play sitcom mom

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Heather Locklear: Rick Mackler/Rangefinder/Globe Photos

Heather Locklear, TV’s favorite cleanup hitter, will get finally get to be the lead-off batter. The actress, whose late entry to ”Melrose Place” and ”Spin City” gave those shows renewed life, is about to have a series that’s hers from day one. According to Variety, she’s signed to star in an NBC sitcom called ”Once Around the Park,” which promises to be an unconventional look at a divorced family.

Locklear has spent several months entertaining network offers since ”Spin City” wrapped last year. NBC, where she boosted ratings earlier this season with a multi-episode guest arc on ”Scrubs,” had sent her a number of scripts. The one that clicked was ”Once,” which will star Locklear as a divorced mother of two kids. The twist: Unlike the usual ”Parent Trap” narrative, the kids are happy with the status quo and try to keep the parents from reuniting. Now, there’s a plot twist even ”Melrose Place” writers never thought of.