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.

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