Comedy queen Carol Burnett’s return to the small screen looks imminent now that ABC has ordered a pilot for “Household Name.”

The multicamera sitcom will be written and executive produced by Michael Saltzman and executive produced by Amy Poehler.

The series will feature a family with the opportunity to buy the home of their dreams, but with a catch: They must live with the home’s current owner — an eccentric aging actress played by Burnett — until she dies.

ABC acquired the project in October via a put-pilot commitment, meaning the network had to air the pilot as a series or special, or face steep financial penalties.

If ordered to become a series, “Household Name” would be the first non-variety/sketch show to feature Burnett as a regular.


Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt says coroner’s officials have told him that his wife died last year from a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition.

Oswalt writes in a statement to The Associated Press that he and his wife Michelle McNamara did not know she had a condition that caused blockages in her arteries.

His statement released by a publicist says coroner’s officials told him that the blockages, combined with her taking the medications Adderall, Xanax and the pain medication fentanyl, caused his wife’s death in April 2016.

A coroner’s official said Friday the cause of death was still listed as pending.

McNamara died April 21 in her sleep at age 46.

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— From wire reports

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