Valerie Bertinelli to play Demi Lovato’s mother in new sitcom “Hungry”

Valerie Bertinelli has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot “Hungry,” starring Demi Lovato. Parent company NBCUniversal announced that the sitcom about an eating-disorder support group will feature Bertinelli, 61, as restaurant owner Lisa, the mother and best friend of Lovato’s character, Teddy. Lisa is described as “a warm, loving, self-critical and emotional mess of a woman who has lost and gained the same 30 pounds for 30 years.”  Actors Anna Akana, Alex Brightman, Ashley D. Kelley, Jay Klaitz and Rory O’Malley will portray fellow group members, as they “help each other as they look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.”

The show’s executive producers include Lovato, “Hot in Cleveland” creator Suzanne Martin and “Will & Grace’s” Sean Hayes. Lovato played the recurring role of birth surrogate Jenny last year on “Will & Grace.”

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