If Jon Stewart gets to be everybody’s favorite newsman, why can’t Katie Couric take a shot at being the next great comedy producer?
The former Today host (and current global news anchor for Yahoo) is teaming up with Murphy Brown creator Diane English to pitch to HBO, Showtime, AMC, Netflix and Amazon a morning-show comedy starring Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Minds, What Lies Beneath), according to Variety.
The potential series would not be a Roman à clef, per se, but one of Couric’s tasks would be to ensure that the behind-the-scenes aspects of the sitcom strike a realistic note. English, whose only major project since Murphy Brown left the airwaves in 1998 was writing and directing a big-screen remake of The Women, would serve as showrunner.
The project would be Pfeiffer’s first regular TV role since Delta House and B.A.D. Cats in 1979 and 1980 respectively.
Two and a Half Men‘s Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are also attached as executive producers.
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