Eve signs sitcom deal with UPN. The rapper/''Barbershop'' actress will coproduce and star in a comedy set in the New York fashion world

By Gary Susman
Updated January 09, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Eve is a designing woman. After flexing her acting muscle’s in last year’s hits ”XXX” and ”Barbershop,” the ”Gangsta Lovin”’ rapper has signed a deal with UPN to coproduce and star in her own sitcom, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show, based on her own idea, will be set in the multiethnic New York fashion world.

Playing a designer shouldn’t be too big a stretch for Eve, who launched her own clothing line, called Fetish, last summer. Coproducing the show will be Edmonds Entertainment, the company run by Kenneth ”Babyface” Edmonds and his wife Tracey. Writing the pilot script will be ”Martin” and ”The Jamie Foxx Show” veteran Bentley Evans.

Eve made her TV acting debut earlier this week on NBC’s ”Third Watch,” playing a rookie paramedic. Eve may also make a TV appearance next month at the Grammys, having earned on Tuesday a nomination for best female rap solo performance for her song ”Satisfaction.”