This news will probably both please and stump 'Murphy Brown' fans. First, the good: its creator, Diane English, is finally returning to TV. Now, the weird: she's been tapped to write a children's show?
Well, kind of. According to Deadline, English has joined the Ellen DeGeneres-produced NBC comedy project that stars frequent 'Ellen' guests, Sophia Grace and Rosie, the pint-sized British cuties who apparently don't require a last name. With English on board, the multi-camera comedy, originally bought by NBC with a script commitment, has been given a pilot production commitment.
So far there isn't a firm premise for the show, though Sophia Grace, 10, and her cousin Rosie, 7, are expected to play some versions of themselves. (My vote? A child's version of 'Perfect Strangers'. Anything but another 'Parent Trap' scenario, please.)
In addition to writing, English will also be executive-producing the comedy. There must be something about the project that English believes in since it marks her first series since the end of 'Murphy Brown' in 1998. The hit sitcom earned her two best series Emmys and a writing one for its pilot.
Sophia Grace and Rosie have not only been a major ratings draw on 'Ellen,' but their music performances have garnered tens millions of views online. So, I'm assuming it's safe to say that there will be some kind of music component on the show.