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Melissa Margaret Peterman is an American actress and comedian who plays Bonnie Wheeler on Baby Daddy.
She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in suburban Burnsville. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, fellow actor John Brady. She gave birth to an 8 lb. 5 oz. baby boy named Riley David on October 20, 2005, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with theater as one of her majors, she was cast as Madeline Monroe in Hey City Theater's production of Tony n' Tina's Wedding. After more than 600 performances, she went on to work as a writer and performer at the improvisational comedy theater the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, which boasts such alumni as Pat Proft, Louie Anderson, Cedric Yarbrough, Mo Collins and Al Franken. While with the Brave New Workshop, she also performed at the Chicago Improv Festival and the Big Stink Comedy Festival inAustin, Texas.
Film and television
Peterman remains loyal to her comic roots as the host of 15 Minutes of Fem, a comedy showcase for women presented at the Egyptian Theatre. She continues to write her own material and has a one-woman show in the works.
During her summer hiatus from Reba, Peterman hosted The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long, reprising her hosting gig from last summer's The Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long, at the Hollywood Bowl inLos Angeles. Peterman can also be seen on the World Cup Comedy Challenge television series and on a celebrity edition of Trading Spaces with her Reba husband, Christopher Rich.
Peterman also played Mrs. Splitz in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
On October 15, 2007, it was announced that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Peterman had been cast in a comedy that had been ordered to pilot but had not yet been picked up to air. The comedy is untitled and also stars Cedric the Entertainer and is being produced for ABC. The pilot was taped on October 30, 2007 at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California. In December it was announced that the actors had been secured, indicating that the network was still interested. On May 13, 2008, ABC announced that it did not pick up the pilot.
She has continued to work in television. Peterman recently hosted four episodes of the new show CMT Comedy Stage, which was canceled after eight episodes. Melissa returned to CMT on July 18 to host a special, titled Redneck Dreams. She appeared in two episodes of ABC's new show, Wanna Bet? as part of the celebrity panel. Her appearances aired July 28 and August 4. She has taped an episode of Surviving Suburbia where she portrays a counselor. The episode is expected to air in 2009.
On October 29, 2008, Peterman posted on her blog that she is reading for a new pilot, titled Living With Abandon. On January 14, 2009, Peterman returned to her blog and posted that Living With Abandon was not picked up by the FOX network. She also stated she will be appearing in an episode of Rita Rocks. She currently hosts The Singing Bee on CMT. In August 2010, Peterman announced on her Twitter page that she will star in a new sitcom titled Working Class, which premiered in early 2011 on CMT. On April 11, 2011, CMT cancelled Working Class after only one season due to low ratings. It is rumoured that she would once again star along side fellow co-star Reba McEntire in her new television series "Malibu Country", but this however turned out to be false.
Peterman hosted the Red Carpet for the 2010 CMT Music Awards.
||Bonnie Wheeler||10 episodes|
||Carli Mitchell||12 Episodes|
|2009–Present||The Singing Bee
||Mrs. Muncie||3 Episodes|
||Sister Mary||1 Episode|
|2008||Living With Abandon
|2007||Untitled Cedric Project
||Marci Wittman||Failed Pilot|
|2007||CMT Comedy Stage
||Barbara Jean||114 Episodes|
|2006||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
||Mrs. Splitz||1 Episode|
||Shirley Poppins||1 Episode|
|2000||Just Shoot Me!
|2012||Here Comes the Boom
|2003||Recipe For Disaster
In the summer of 2007, Peterman was the opening act for nine of Reba co-star Reba McEntire's "Key To The Heart" tour. Melissa returned with an almost-identical comedy routine in 2008 on Reba's and Kelly Clarkson's "2 Worlds, 2 Voices Tour."
It was revealed on March 28, 2008 on reba.com that Melissa would not be joining Reba on her summer tour in 2008. However, she has appeared at several concerts during the summer.
Peterman confirmed on July 7, 2008 that she will be opening all 24 concerts on the second leg of the 2 Worlds, 2 Voices Tour in the fall of 2008. It was later announced by Melissa herself in October 2008 that she would not be opening the Fort Wayne, Indiana show on October 16, 2008 as she has to tape an appearance on Surviving Suburbia.
On February 23, 2010, it was announced that Peterman had signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records, to record a comedy album. On June 10, 2010 she was cohost of the red carpet preshow interview segment of the CMT Music Awards.
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- ^ "BMR Signs Melissa Peterman". Big Machine Records. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-23.