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Candice Bergen Plots Return to TV Comedy with Pearl

The 5-time Emmy winner will star in a pilot for ABC

Liam Mathews

Candice Bergen, who won five Emmys for her role as the titular TV reporter on Murphy Brown, will star in a pilot for ABC called Pearl. If the show is picked up, it will be Bergen's first starring role in a TV comedy since Murphy Brown ended in 1998.

Candice Bergen does not care if you think she's fat

Pearl is written and executive produced by Andrew Reich, a Friends EP who also co-created the infamous cross-dressing comedy Work It. It will focus on Pearl (Bergen), a matriarch who, after she's diagnosed with cancer, starts micromanaging her family's lives to whip them into shape before she dies.