Carol Burnett May Get A New Network TV Show

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Comedy icon Carol Burnett made a name for herself on the small screen back in the 1960s. Now, the legendary actress may be making a television comeback in a big way. She signed on to appear in a prospective ABC sitcom, and the show has officially gotten the order for a pilot.

The project is called Household Name and will star Carol Burnett as a famous actress living by herself in a high-end home. A family discovers that her home is their dream house, but they can't possibly afford to buy anything like it on the market. The family strikes a deal with the famous actress - they will live with her until she dies. Then, the house is theirs.

Given all the showbiz tragedies of 2016 and already 2017, a show based on the certain death of a famous actress is actually pretty dark. For those of us who are still smarting from the passings of Carrie Fisher and Mary Tyler Moore, thinking about losing Carol Burnett might be tough. Then again, this is Carol Burnett we're talking about. If anybody can make looming tragedy funny in primetime, it's Burnett.

Amy Poehler will executive produce the series, so Household Name will have a comedienne extraordinaire behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. Poehler will be joined as executive producer by Halt and Catch Fire's Michael Saltzman, who also wrote the pilot. TVLine reports that Brooke Posch, Michael Pelmont, and Dave Becky will contribute as well.

There has been no news just yet of who else will be cast on Household Name. The actors will have to know how to handle humor exceptionally well if they're going to keep up with Carol Burnett. She's been bringing the laughs on small and large screen alike for decades now.

Burnett is best known for her 11 seasons as the leading lady of The Carol Burnett Show. It was a sketch comedy series that took 25 Emmy Awards as well as 8 Golden Globes. She won an Emmy for her guest role on Mad About You in 1997, and she earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2015. Carol Burnett has had a long, illustrious, and hilarious career already, and Household Name could be yet another winner for her.

Of course, there's no guarantee that we'll ever see Carol Burnett in Household Name. ABC has only ordered a pilot at this point. The multi-camera sitcom has good odds of scoring a series order simply based on the fact that Carol Burnett is attached, but we shouldn't start planning our viewing parties just yet. We'll have to wait and see what ABC does next.

Check back with CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch while you wait for word of what's to come with Household Name.

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