Meg Ryan To Topline NBC Comedy Written By Marc Lawrence

Meg Ryan NBC Comedy SeriesSleepless In Seattle and When Harry Met Sally star Meg Ryan is eying a return to television as the star of an NBC comedy series. The project, now in development at the network and sister studio Universal TV, is being written by feature scribe Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality franchise), who teamed with the actress in the summer to work on the idea. The single-camera comedy centers on, a sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational single mom (Ryan) who decides to return to her New York publishing house where she was once a brilliant editor to find that she now works for Brenda, he neurotic 30-year-old boss who was once her former intern. Now she must find a way to keep her boss, her teenage kids, her almost ex-husband and her meddlesome mother-in-law all happy, which results in her overcomplicating every situation and somehow always making it worse. Ryan is executive producing with her manager, Jane Berliner, and Lawrence. ICM Partners-repped Ryan got her start on soap As The World Turns and co-starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom One Of The Boys before segueing to a feature career, making just a couple of TV appearances in the past two decades. Still, she had been a fixture on TV casting directors’ hot pilot casting lists and has been approached about doing pilots year after year. Similarly, Lawrence too started in TV, working on an NBC comedy series Family Ties before moving to features where he also wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice. He is repped by UTA and Robert Offer.

Comments (39)

  • Pass

    Comment by lemon — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT  
  • Yes, these half-hour sitcom star vehicles always work out!

    Comment by Michael — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 11:03am PDT  
  • Publishing?

    Don’t the networks know that print is dead?

    There’s no other occupational base in New York City except publishing (or broadcasting)?

    Comment by MrJeff2000 — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 11:04am PDT  
    • EXACTLY. But I do like the twist of her working for her former intern, that actually sounds like fertile ground.

      Comment by bigbowood — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 11:57am PDT  
    • My thoughts exactly. That premise places this sitcom comfortably in 1989.

      Comment by Berkeley — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 1:36pm PDT  
      • Sounds like a rom-com from back in, oh, 1989!

        Comment by brutony — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 2:10pm PDT  
        • I hope they call it “Rom-Com Mom”.

          Comment by myname — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT  
    • Publishing still exists, obviously, and if they write a sitcom about publishing as it currently really is, that would be incredibly fertile ground. Ebooks? Authors that used to be huge but now don’t understand why they’re not selling the same? The rise of YA? Making introverts go on tour or do Twitter? This is all excellent raw material. But if it’s just glossy book jackets and the pretense that everything is still glorious, it’s stale.

      Comment by Greg — Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 10:26pm PDT  
  • I like it. She was once a huge star, nice to see her out there again.

    Comment by Thumbs Up — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 11:21am PDT  
    • I agree! I think the public is gong to welcome her with open arms. She’s been gone too long. If it’s a well-written project, it can’t miss.

      Comment by Chris F — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 11:55am PDT  
  • Great news! I missed seeing Meg on either big or small screen. Thought she retired altogether. Now get Katie Holmes as her neurotic boss, Carol Burnett as her meddlesome MIL and you have a perfect formula for successful show.

    Comment by Jinjeon — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 11:21am PDT  
    • I think Ms. Meg Ryan is exceptionally adorable and what a real actor (did you see ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’) so due to this combination she HAS why isn’t she doing real art on hbo,showtime or even amc or fx?
      I am very confused why she would go with nbc.
      And that writer has written some of the biggest failures in film.
      Again, I am truly perplexed and hope this is a bad rumor.

      She will only be judged by most of the creeps who watch primetime network shows and embraced on hbo or showtime.

      With Love ~ Your Loyal Fan

      Comment by Jennifer — Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 4:25pm PDT  
  • An NBC sitcom? Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    Comment by Hills — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT  
    • A comment only made by those who never were mighty, and will never be. But I guess it’s nice to have no place lower to fall?

      Comment by Nina — Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 10:24pm PDT  
  • PULEEZE……..didn’t I just read/hear her on a talk show about “not wanting to be part of “That World” anymore?????? Love Meg, but come on, call a spade a spade.

    Comment by jackie2830 — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 12:09pm PDT  
    • she meant hollywood!!! she lives in new york so it is perfectly suited to her lifestyle now.

      Comment by saz — Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 8:43am PDT  
  • She should do cable. It’s Russian roulette with NBC and she’ll get Gina Davis’d with those folks “developing” for her.

    Comment by Captain Phillips Wants To Sink The Pink — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT  
    • Or Geena Davis, too!

      Comment by brutony — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 2:11pm PDT  
      • She’s been gone so long I forgot how to spell her name…

        Take heed, Meg!!!!

        Comment by Cuddles Philanthropy — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT  
  • I knew that last week’s People Magazine profile piece on Meg Ryan , was a set-up for a Meg Ryan comeback vehicle . People, this all didn’t happen by chance . Too bad Ryan has to work with the awful writings of Marc Lawrence. Look at his imdb page : Music & Lyrics , Miss Congeniality , Forces of Nature , Two Weeks Notice , and Did You Hear . Scary .

    Comment by jeepers — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 12:27pm PDT  
  • In case you hadn’t noticed there’s not much on the big screen anymore for any of the old ’90s faces, male or female, unless you’re Hanks, Cruise, or Smith.

    Good luck to Meg and crew. With NBC, it’s gonna be tough.

    Comment by fluffo — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 12:33pm PDT  
    • What old 90′s face? That face is brand new!

      Comment by Whatchoo' Talkin' 'bout? — Friday October 11, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT  
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