Out of nowhere, last week People Magazine ran a cover story about Meg Ryan‘s new life in New York City and how she was happier “abandoning” Hollywood for the quiet life. I rolled my eyes at the story at its position that Meg’s abandonment of Hollywood was self-imposed. Well, this news proves that it wasn’t Meg’s choice. She’s signed on to star and executive produce a new sitcom for NBC. Yeah, the #4 network in the States. Ouch. She very much still wants to be in the Hollywood game, and this is what she can get these days.
Here’s the description of the half hour comedy:
“A sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational single mom (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, he 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.”
So, yeah it sounds like every other female-led sitcom of the last decade.
Sandra Bullock continues to be the biggest female movie star in the world with 2 massive hits in 2013 with The Heat and Gravity, and Julia Roberts (who has pulled back on her Hollywood presence in the past few years) is still starring in the Oscar-buzzed August: Osage County alongside Meryl Streep later this fall…and Meg is starring in an NBC sitcom.
In an ironic twist, Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice (two of Bullock’s biggest hits) writer Marc Lawrence penned the script and will co-executive produce, alongside Ryan and Ryan’s manager Jane Berliner.
What went wrong for Meg? Was it her affair with Russell Crowe that ended her marriage to Dennis Quaid that squashed her America’s Sweetheart? Is she as talented as Bullock and Roberts?