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Meg Ryan: Is Her Career Finished?
By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Woman, aka Allison Moore, takes your questions regarding TV stars and shows. If you have a question about TV entertainment, ask TV's Answer Woman by sending an e-mail to

Q. I saw some cover of People that looked like Meg Ryan is quitting Hollywood. Is that true? Is her career done? -- Roger, Las Vegas.

Roger, I can understand your confusion. People Magazine recently published a cover story on Meg Ryan, the star of Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, that suggested she was done with acting and the spotlight.

The cover line was: "Meg Ryan: Why She Really Left Hollywood Behind."

So imagine everyone's reaction this week when NBC sources revealed that Meg was returning to the limelight by starring in a new sitcom about a New York editor with family issues. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the half-hour show will be produced and written by an old network hand, Marc Lawrence, who was a creative force behind Family Ties.

So how did Meg go from abandoning acting to starring in a high-profile NBC comedy in the blink of an eye?

I'm sure the money was a factor, but Meg will be 52 next month. And Roger, if you've ever stepped foot in Hollywood, you know you can feel the anxiety rising from any actor who's about to turn 52. Call it the 'Norma Desmond Syndrome.' Celebrities who once ruled start to panic that they will never work again -- or, even worse -- that no one will care if they ever act again.

So when NBC came calling, I'm sure Meg answered jumping.

By the way, no word on when the sitcom will debut.

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