Vanessa Williams to Star in ABC’s “Happy Accident”

Vanessa Williams has been tapped to star in ABC’s upcoming family comedy pilot. 

The Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty alumna has nabbed the lead role opposite Matt Walsh and JoAnna Garcia Swisher.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the single-camera comedy follows two Pittsburgh families — a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters (Swisher will play the eldest) and a hotel lounge singer (Williams) with her son — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Sheri the lounge singer is described as a diva with no money who had one hit in the late ‘80s. Her son is the most important thing in her life, but her career is a closesecond.

The series hails from Modern Family writers Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack. The two will also exec produce alongside pilot helmer Kat Coiro.