Candice Bergen will topline ABC’s comedy pilot “Pearl” as the titular character, a larger-than-life family matriarch, Variety has learned.
When Pearl finds out she has cancer, she becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.
“Pearl” was one of the first comedy pilots ordered at ABC this season. The single-cam laffer hails from writer Andrew Reich (“Friends”), who will exec produce the pilot. Jim Field Smith (“She’s Out of My League,” “Episodes”) will direct the pilot. ABC Studios will produce.
Bergen’s casting is a “get” for ABC, bringing the “Boston Legal” and “Murphy Brown” alum back to television in a major role. Her other most notable credits include “Gandhi,” “Miss Congeniality” and “Sex and the City.” She recently had guest roles on “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Battle Creek.”
Bergen is repped by ICM.
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