Meg Ryan NBC Sitcom? Why ‘You’ve Got Mail’ Actress Is Returning To Spotlight [VIDEO]

By Melissa Siegel October 11, 2013 7:16 PM EDT
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Meg Ryan was the subject of a recent PEOPLE cover story. (Photo: PEOPLE)

Meg Ryan's break from the spotlight is apparently over. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress will star in and produce her own sitcom for NBC.

The '90s movie star will play a former New York editor who returns to her old company, only to find out that her former intern is now her boss. She will then have to deal with her 30-year-old employer along with her mother-in-law, estranged husband, and teenaged children.

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Meg Ryan shot to popularity in a series of romantic comedy films, including When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail. But she has not regularly starred in a television show since appearing in the quickly canceled Wildside in 1985. She also appeared in the soap opera As The World Turns when she was in her 20sMore recently, she has guest-starred on series like Web Therapy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Simpsons.

Watch Meg Ryan in one of her earliest acting roles.

Still, Meg Ryan has remained mostly out of the spotlight in recent years. A recent PEOPLE cover story documented the actress' move to New York, where she lived a quiet life with her boyfriend, John Mellencamp, and her 8-year-old daughter, Daisy.

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[Living in New York] makes you different," said Ryan's friend, Delia Ephron. "Los Angeles is just about movies. New York is about so much more than that, and so is Meg."

Meg Ryan's NBC series will be written by Marc Lawrence, who is perhaps best known for the Miss Congeniality film franchise. He also penned another Sandra Bullock flick, Two Weeks Notice, along with several episodes of the hit sitcom Family Ties.

As Variety noted, Meg Ryan is just one of many Hollywood movie stars turning to the small screen as of late. Earlier this month, Halle Berry announced plans to star in the upcoming CBS drama, Extant. Berry will play an astronaut who tries to reconnect with her family after a year-long solo mission in space.

"I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium," Berry said. "For five months a year, I'll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I'll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one."

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