Candice Bergen Pearl Cast ABC Pilot

Candice Bergen to Star in ABC's Cancer Comedy Pilot Pearl

If anyone can make terminal illness funny, it’s probably five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen.

The former Murphy Brown herself has been cast as the title character in ABC’s comedy pilot Pearl, TVLine has learned.

The logline for the single-camera series is as follows: “When a larger-than-life family matriarch finds out she has cancer, she becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.”

The project is written and executive-produced by Andrew Reich (Friends) and directed by Jim Field Smith (Episodes).

In addition to Murphy Brown, Bergen’s long TV career has included roles on Saturday Night LiveSex and the CityBoston Legal and House. Her most recent small-screen gig was a guest stint on CBS’ Battle Creek.

Would you watch a Bergen-fronted, gallows-humor comedy? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. “If anyone can make terminal illness funny, it’s probably Candice Bergen.”. Well, Murphy Brown got breast cancer in the last season.

  2. Katherine says:

    This sounds like a good show. I think Candice Bergen is perfect for the role.

  3. Eran says:

    I am feeling very excited by this current development season.

  4. Bella says:

    Love her. Glad she’s returning to t.v.

  5. Ian says:

    Not sure about the premise but I’d watch anything with Candice Bergen, so it’d better be good and get picked up.

  6. Ed Hunker says:

    Sounds alot like The Big C.

  7. HAP says:

    Toplining a weekly series at age 69!

  8. Mark says:

    Christina Applegate as her daughter please.

  9. Stacy says:

    I was just thinking about how I haven’t seen Candice Bergen lately, so this is great news! She sounds like a perfect fit.

  10. Brad says:

    This excites me

  11. Paco says:

    Sounds about as funny as cancef