Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon to Star in NBC Comedies
3:51 pm, October 15th | by Colette McIntyre
The network buying season continues to wage on like your mother with a Walmart layaway account and NBC has picked up a pair of comedies from two big-name actors: Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon. Your mother only has underwear and Nikita: The Complete Second Season in her cart. To-may-to; To-mah-to.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan will executive produce and star in the new TV project from Family Ties Emmy nominee Marc Lawrence. The Sleepless in Seattle star will play a single mom who returns to her hotshot publishing job to discover she now works for her former intern. In addition to her neurotic boss, Ryan’s “sunny and desperately nonconfrontational” mom must deal with teenage kids, an almost ex-husband, and an intrusive mother-in-law. If the series is picked up, this will be Ryan’s first reoccurring TV role since the short-lived ’80s comedy One Of The Boys. (Unrelated but kind-of-related: did you know that Meg Ryan is dating John Mellencamp? As in John Cougar Mellencamp. As in John “oooh, oo-ooh wee” Mellencamp. He is the Jack to her Diane AND HOW AREN’T WE TALKING ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME?!)
Joining Ryan at the Peacock Network are Susan Sarandon and her actress-daughter Eva Amurri Martino whose mother-daughter comedy scored a pilot production commitment. Called Growing Ivy, the series will center around a young workaholic who is forced to reorganize her life after her eccentric mother moves in. Martino, who is credited with conceiving the premise, will co-write the script with actor, writer, and producer extraordinaire Will McCormack. McCormack and Rashida Jones (the reigning queen of the 2014 – 2015 buying season) will executive produce through their company, Le Train Train.