Melissa Peterman, best known for playing “Barbra Jean” on the hit series “Reba,” will now star in her own sitcom, “Working Class,” set to premiere on CMT in January 2011. She will portray “Carli Mitchell,” a single mom of three kids who moves them to upscale suburbia to give them a better life. Peterman is a long time member of the CMT family, having hosted CMT's #1-rated series “The Singing Bee” and CMT’s “Comedy Stage.” Her first televised comedy special “Melissa Peterman: Am I The Only One?,” also aired on CMT earlier this year and she was most recently seen hosting the “CMT Music Awards Red Carpet 2010.”
Peterman made her feature film debut in the 1996 Coen Brothers Oscar-winning film Fargo as “Hooker #2” and has appeared in many television shows, including "Surviving Suburbia," "Rita Rocks" and "Just Shoot Me.” She has also done voiceovers for “The Pitts” and “American Dad.” Peterman starred in the independent comedy feature, "Dirty Politics," and stars in “Dusty Peacock,” the new online series created for Crackle.com, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Online Video Network.
Peterman signed to Big Machine Records to release her first comedy album in January 2011 and is currently on tour with Reba, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack. She also hosts the annual Hollywood Bowl The Sound of Music Sing-a-long.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peterman graduated from Minnesota State University with a theater major and was cast in a production of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” where she did over 600 performances. Peterman perfected her comedy skills at the Brave New Workshop improvisational theater as well as the Chicago Improv Festival and the Big Stink Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. She is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali's "Celebrity Fight Night," Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross, and the non-profit Buzzworks Theatre Company. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.