Roseanne Barr‘s first try at sitcom stardom since “Roseanne” left the air at 1997 will be with NBC.
The network has given a script commitment, with a penalty attached if a pilot isn’t made, to “Downwardly Mobile,” which Barr co-created with boyfriend Johnny Argent, the showbiz trade papers report. The comedy revolves around Barr’s character, her family and the fellow residents of the mobile home park where they live.
Barr, Argent and fellow executive producer Steven Greener (“Roseanne’s Nuts”) set up “Downwardly Mobile” at 20th Century Fox TV in August. The studio then set out to hire a showrunner and found one in Eric Gilliland, a writer and producer on “Roseanne” for several seasons. His credits also include “My Boys,” “Mr. Sunshine” and “The Wonder Years.”
Comedies featuring stars of past hits seem to be in vogue this year. Tim Allen‘s new series “Last Man Standing” premieres Tuesday (Oct. 11) on ABC, and in addition to Barr, Jim Belushi, Kirstie Alley and Sean Hayes all have shows in development.