Almost two decades after Murphy Brown ended its 10-season run, its star Candice Bergen is returning to broadcast comedy as the title character in ABC’s pilot Pearl.

Written/executive produced by Andrew Reich and directed by Jim Field Smith (Episodes), the single-camera comedy pilot centers on Pearl (Bergen), a larger-than-life family matriarch who, after she finds out she has cancer, becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies. ABC Studios is the studio.

Bergen, repped by ICM Partners, won five Emmys for her role as tough TV reporter Murphy Brown on the CBS comedy series. Bergen’s only big series commitment since the end of Murphy Brown was at ABC, a role on legal dramedy Boston Legal, which earned her two Emmy noms.