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Get Ready to Laugh Until Your Sides Hurt—Carol Burnett Is Returning to TV

It’s been years since The Carol Burnett Show wrapped up, but Burnett’s fans are in for a treat: The actress has a new show about to hit the air! However, there’s a catch.

Burnett, who just celebrated her 84th birthday in April, plays an aging movie star in the pilot of a new TV show called Household Name—but viewers will get to enjoy a full season of Burnett’s hilarious antics only if ABC decides to turn the pilot into a full series.

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This new show will see Burnett play opposite fellow funny woman Amy Poehler, who has starred in Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation. Burnett’s larger-than-life character has negotiated her way into living in an old mansion even though the new owners have moved in, and hilarity no doubt ensues. According to Burnett, Poehler will play her daughter in future episodes.

“I’m looking forward to actually locking eyeballs with Amy because I know her, and we’re friends,” Burnett said in a recent interview. “So I’m looking forward to the show in which, as I say, we’ll be able to lock eyeballs and get in the sandbox together.”

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Since her heyday, Burnett has continued to pick up small roles in hit TV shows like Desperate Housewives, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Glee, and Hawaii Five-O. During her prolific career, she has earned 22 Emmy nominations.

This new role will be a departure from her usual morning routine; normally, she and her husband, Brian Miller, do crossword puzzles together. The two have been married since 2001.

In addition to her crosswords, Burnett has been keeping busy in other ways. She’s currently working on developing a screenplay that was written by her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died in 2002 of lung cancer. Hamilton was Burnett’s eldest child from her second marriage to producer and actor Joe Hamilton.

We’re waiting with bated breath for ABC to release their list of new TV shows next month, but anything with Carol Burnett in it is bound to be a hit!

h/t AARP.org

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