Meg Ryan to Produce and Star in NBC Comedy 3

Meg Ryan

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Meg Ryan

This news makes me super happy. I’ve missed Meg Ryan, but good for her for stepping away from the spotlight to quietly raise 8-year-old daughter Daisy and enjoy life with her boyfriend, rocker John Mellencamp.

America’s Sweetheart is 51 now, and Entertainment Weekly is reporting that she’ll star in and executive produce a half-hour comedy on NBC. Here’s the blurb:

A sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational single mom (Meg Ryan) decides to return to her New York publishing house where she was once a brilliant editor to find that she now works for Brenda, the neurotic 30-year-old boss who was once her former intern. Now Rose must find a way to keep her boss, her teenage kids, her almost ex-husband and her meddlesome mother-in-law all happy, which results in her overcomplicating every situation and somehow always making it worse.

That sounds like a good role for her, doesn’t it? The kind of light-hearted role that made us fall in love with her years ago.

“Miss Congeniality” writer Marc Lawrence penned the script and will co-executive produce, alongside Ryan and Ryan’s manager Jane Berliner.

If the series is picked up, it will mark Ryan’s first starring role on TV since the short-lived 1985 western “Wildside” (I don’t even remember that – do you?).

The Golden Globe nominee has appeared sporadically in guest roles here and there, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Showtime’s “Web Therapy.”

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