Beloved comedian Carol Burnett is set to return to television, with a put pilot commitment at ABC for a multi-camera comedy in which she will star with Amy Poehler. The project was sold to ABC in a very competitive situation, according to sources.
Michael Saltzman will write and executive produce for Universal TV with Poehler also executive producing through her Paper Kite banner.
The as-yet untitled comedy is about a family who can only live in the house of their dreams if they live with the current owner, an actress played by Burnett, until she dies.
Saltzman executive produces with Brooke Posch, Dave Becky and Michael Pelmont.
Saltzman was executive producer on “Murphy Brown” as well as “Mad Men” and “Hell on Wheels,” and most recently served as co-executive producer on “Halt and Catch Fire.”
Burnett has won six Emmys and landed Emmy nominations for all 11 seasons of the “Carol Burnett Show,” winning three times.
Poehler and Tina Fey presented Burnett with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.
Burnett is repped by ICM and Steve Sauer, while Poehler is repped by WME, 3 Arts and attorney Warren Dern. Saltzman is repped by Scott Schwartz of Vision Art Management and Comedy Dynamics.
The news was first reported by Deadline.