Actually, the more I think of it, I'm liking Sherri Shephard for the role of Lula. All the movies I saw her in, prior to being on the View, she was actually very good in. Especially Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah and Alicia Silverstone. She's definitely got the right attitude for Lula. She was even quite good in Precious and that entire cast was amazing. I still would have liked Gabrielle from Precious for the role. I've seen her do SNL and she was terrific at comedy.
As far as Debbie Reynolds, I think she might be able to do it. She's actually quite good at comedy.
I'm most disappointed, though, in Morelli and Ranger. Woefully miscast, IMO.
Still not thrilled with Katherine, but I do think Katherine is good at comedy.
I just started the latest JE book - Sizzling Sixteen. It's lacking some of the zip of the prior books, so I hope it picks up soon.