October 29, 2008 at 09:12 PM EDT

Someone’s got some splainin’ to do.

Privileged has cast NYPD Blue alum Sharon Lawrence in the pivotal role of Shelby, deadbeat mom to Megan (Joanna Garcia) and Lily (Kristina Apgar). Brash and larger-than-life, Ma resurfaces 15 years after leaving her kids to fulfill her own destiny.

And I repeat: Someone’s got some splainin’ to do.

Lawrence is committed to appearing in two episodes (the first of which airs in January), but that number could climb provided The CW does the right thing and orders this underappreciated show’s back nine.

What are you waiting for, CW? Do the right thing, dammit!   

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