NBC picking up Debra Messing comedy

Untitled project is from Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott

Debra Messing is back at NBC.

The network is in negotiations to pick up a single-camera comedy toplined by the former "Will & Grace" star and written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott.

The project sparked a bidding war between NBC and ABC after interest from several networks. At NBC, it is getting a script commitment plus an episodic guarantee for Messing.

The untitled comedy, to be produced by 3 Arts and UMS, stars Messing as a laid-off CEO who is as ill-prepared to be a full-time wife and mother as her husband is to provide for the family.

McGibbon, Parriott and Messing are exec producing with 3 Arts' Molly Madden, Stephanie Davis and Howard Klein.

The project reunites Messing with McGibbon and Parriott, who penned and exec produced "The Starter Wife," the USA Network miniseries that she toplined. "Wife" earned 10 Emmy nominations and became a series.

Messing received an Emmy nomination for "Wife," adding to her five noms for NBC's "Will & Grace," including a win in 2003. She is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts.

McGibbon and Parriott, whose feature credits include the 1999 hit "Runaway Bride," are repped by WMA and 3 Arts.
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