Padma Lakshmi will star in culinary-themed NBC sitcom

NBC is creating a culinary-themed sitcom for Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.

Padma “has sealed a development deal with the Peacock and sister Universal Media Studios, which plans to create a half-hour comedy for her” that “will star Lakshmi as a woman working in the culinary world,” Variety reports. It notes the show could be called “Single Serving,” which is almost as cute as Variety’s opening line: “…Padma Lakshmi is cooking up plans…” Clever!

Besides hosting the show and writing cookbooks, Padma does have a resume as an actor, in everything from Bollywood movies to a role in ABC’s The Ten Commandments mini-series to an appearance on Enterprise to a role in Glitter.

Variety does not ask nor answer the critical question: What effect will this have on her role as host of Top Chef, for which she was just nominated for an Emmy? At least one web site that clearly doesn’t know how to read carefully says Variety reported she’ll leave the Bravo show for the NBC sitcom, but the story says no such thing. However, it also doesn’t say that she’s staying, either.

Padma Lakshmi could heat up sitcom [Variety]

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