Carol Burnett Cast Amy Poehler Comedy ABC

Carol Burnett to Star In Amy Poehler's Family Comedy Pilot for ABC

Prepare to tug on your ears with glee: Carol Burnett is plotting a return to series television.

The comedic legend has been cast as the lead in a new ABC pilot from Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Michael Saltzman (Halt and Catch Fire), our sister site Deadline reports.

The potential series, which has a put pilot commitment at the network, follows a family who can only move into their dream house if they agree to cohabitate with the actress who currently lives there (Burnett) until her death.

Saltzman will write the pilot and will executive-produce with Poehler, Brooke Posch (Difficult People), Michael Pelmont and Dave Becky. Universal TV will produce.

Burnett, a multiple Emmy winner, is best known for leading her eponymous sketch comedy series in the 1960s and 1970s. Her 60-year career in television has included stints on All My ChildrenMad About YouGleeHot in Cleveland and most recently Hawaii Five-0.

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  1. ashley says:

    Oh cool, Hot in Cleveland 2.0

    • Angelo says:

      Exactly what I was thinking, and I have no problem with that at all. Lets hope for a cross-over.

    • misery chick says:

      Is it though? If the family moving in is younger, Carol’s character will be the only elderly person in her home. So there’ll be more direct generational conflict, rather than the central plot of Hot In Cleveland.
      JMHO 😊

      I wouldn’t even THINK of watching this if Carol/Amy weren’t involved. Hopefully Carol won’t have to carry the show by herself!

  2. DavidSask says:

    Isn’t there a Ben Stiller movie similar to this plot line?

  3. anne says:

    you had me at Carol Burnett and Amy Poehler. Didn’t need to read any more than that.

  4. Brian says:

    Great casting!

  5. PP says:

    She was the worst at the Beacon a,few weeks ago. Just showed old clips she’s been pushinG for sale onTV for years. NO LONG ER A fan!

  6. Anna says:

    I remember Amy Poehler saying that Carol Burnett was one of her idols growing up. Now she’s gonna be her boss lmao.

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  8. Ed says:

    I saw Carol at the Beacon in NYC a few weeks ago and yes while the show had too many clips, she was terrific speaking to us and answering questions. She is a delightful and still very funny lady. As for the proposed new show it is pretty much a “Hot in Cleveland” remake. Will hope this works but please lets get some original ideas out there!

  9. Iakovos says:

    I like this. A bit retro in concept but with Poehler in charge, fresh and funny. Landing Burnett is HUGE! Make it happen ABC!

  10. TVFan says:

    Well……someone figured out the only way for me to be interested any project with Amy Poehler attached. I LOVE the idea of Carol Burnett coming back to TV.