It didn’t take Wendell Pierce long to book another gig.
The “Treme” actor (he played Antoine Batiste), has signed on to the upcoming NBC Michael J. Fox series.
Fox plays a husband and father of three dealing with family, career and, much like Fox, Parkinson’s disease. He plays Mike Burnaby, a former lead anchor for a local TV station who goes back to work after Parkinson’s causes him to take time off. Pierce will play Burnaby’s boss Harris. Harris is a slick, twice- divorced man, and Pierce was allegedly the prototype for that role.
NBC ordered 22 episodes of the single- camera comedy, which was inspired by Fox’s life. Production is expected to begin soon, and the show will premiere in fall 2013. The show is from Sony Pictures TV and Will Gluck’s company. Sam Laybourne and Gluck co- created the series.
Stars didn’t get much bigger than Fox in the 80s, as he appeared in NBC’s “Family Ties” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy.
Pierce also starred in “The Wire.” The New Orleans- set “Treme” began filming the five episodes of its fourth season in November, which will be its last.
Gluck will direct the pilot.