Best known for her work on “The Carol Burnett Show” and the movie “Annie,” Carol Burnett is making her comeback to television with the help of Amy Poehler, who is most definitely a fan of Ms.Burnett.
The untitled multi-camera comedy will be about a family that is on the brink of buying a dream house though it comes with a catch: They have to live with the current tenant, an older actress played by Ms. Burnett, who will make their lives a living hell. Her TV appearances have mainly been cameos in shows like “Mad About You,” “Glee” and “Hawaii Five-O.” She has never been the star of a sitcom.
Burnett has been nominated for Emmys 22 times and won six times over her career, starting with a win in 1962 for “The Garry Moore Show.” She has also won five Golden Globes and a Peabody, among numerous other honors.
Former “Mad Men” and “Murphy Brown” writer Michael Saltzman will be writing the pilot. Amy Poehler will serve as executive producer through her production company Paper Kite, which is tied to universal TV.
If the pilot is given a green light, it will be shot next year. The decision about whether it will be picked up as a series would be made in May.