Meg Ryan to star in new US sitcom

Popular rom-com actress will play a former bigshot New York editor returning to work

Meg Ryan is to make a comeback by starring in a new sitcom on US network NBC.

The When Harry Met Sally actress will play a woman who paused her career as a bigshot New York editor to raise a family, and returns to work to find her neurotic former intern is now her boss.

The Hollywood Reporter describes Ryan’s character in the half-hour comedy series as “a sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational single mom”. In a bid to please the many different people in her life – her boss, ex-husband, interfering mother-in-law and teenage kids – she apparently ends up “overcomplicating every situation and somehow always making it worse”.

The series, which is currently untitled, is the brainchild of Miss Congeniality and Music And Lyrics writer Marc Lawrence. As well as starring Ryan will serve as an executive producer.

Ryan, 51, is best known for her roles in the popular Nora Ephron rom-coms When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, each of which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She made her last film appearance in 2009’s Serious Moonlight and more recently has guest-starred in several episodes of Lisa Kudrow’s sitcom Web Therapy.