Whoopi Goldberg signs sitcom deal with NBC. The comedy gig will mark her first TV series recurring role since ''Star Trek: The Next Generation''

By Gary Susman
December 12, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

NBC is getting ready to make ”Whoopi!” Actually, we don’t know if that’s the title of Whoopi Goldberg’s new sitcom; in fact we don’t know much about the show at all, only that NBC made the deal official on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Producing the show is veteran sitcom company Carsey-Werner-Mandabach (”The Cosby Show,” ”That ’70s Show”), which is currently developing shows with other top comics, including Tim Allen and Steve Martin. But those performers are only writing and producing, while Goldberg will also star in her show.

The show will mark Goldberg’s return to scripted series television after a long absence; she starred in the short-lived sitcom ”Bagdad Cafe” in 1990, and had a recurring role as intergalactic bartender Guinan on ”Star Trek: The Next Generation” through 1993. Not that she’s ever really been absent from TV, from her brief talk show-hosting gig to her long stint as center square on ”Hollywood Squares.”