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Roseanne Barr plans return to prime time with NBC pilot

January 31, 2013|By Greg Braxton
  • Roseanne Barr poses for photos before her Comedy Central roast at the Palladium in Hollywood in August.
Roseanne Barr poses for photos before her Comedy Central roast at the Palladium… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

The comedian formerly known as "the domestic goddess" may be returning to prime time.

Roseanne Barr, whose "Roseanne" is one of TV's most iconic comedies, is developing a comedy for NBC in which she would star. She is working on the project with producer Steven Greener, who worked with Barr in 2011 on the Lifetime reality series "Roseanne's Nuts."

The show marks Barr's second attempt at an NBC series. The network last year passed on her show "Downwardly Mobile," which she had developed and featured her as the proprietor of a mobile home park. The comedy would have reunited her with her "Roseanne" costar John Goodman.

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She will also appear in an upcoming three-episode arc on "The Office," playing a talent agent who tries to help Ed Helms' Andy Bernard realize his showbiz dreams.

"Roseanne" ran from 1988 to 1997 and helped define an era with its depiction of a working-class family struggling with the woes of harsh economic times. It was a consistent ratings winner.

Her post-"Roseanne" projects, including several reality and talk shows, have not been as successful. She was recently honored at a Comedy Central roast that was taped for a prime time special.


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