Comedy queen Carol Burnett’s return to the small screen looks imminent now that ABC has ordered a pilot for “Household Name.”
The multi-camera sitcom will be written and executive produced by Michael Saltzman and executive produced by Amy Poehler. Representatives for Poehler confirmed to The Times on Friday that the pilot has been picked up.
The series will feature a family with the opportunity to buy the home of their dreams, but with a catch: They must live with the home’s current owner – an eccentric aging actress played by Burnett – until she dies.
ABC acquired the project in October via a put-pilot commitment, meaning the network had to air the pilot as a series or special, or face steep financial penalties.
If ordered to become a series, “Household Name” would be the first non-variety/sketch show to feature Burnett as a regular.
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