Michael J. Fox just stole Hank Schrader's wife.
Betsy Brandt, who plays snoopy kleptomaniac Marie Schrader on AMC's Breaking Bad, has been cast opposite Michael J. Fox as his wife in the upcoming semi-autobiographical comedy series for NBC. She will portray Annie Burnaby, described as tough yet loyal with a goofy side. Annie works at the school attended by their middle child, Eve, a role that has yet to be cast. Scheduling adjustments had to be made to accomodate Brandt's casting, as Breaking Bad is currently filming its final episodes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, while the new show will begin production in New York at the end of next week.
Inspired by Fox's personal life, the untitled single-camera project bypassed the pilot stage and was picked up straight to series, with NBC ordering 22 episodes that they hope to begin airing in the fall. Fox will play Mike Burnaby, a former local news anchor in New York City who decides to return to work after taking time off due to Parkinson's disease. He and Annie are the proud parents of three kids, including middle daughter Eve, teenage son Ian (Conor Romero), and youngest son Graham (Jack Goor). Earlier this week, Katie Finneran of Wonderfalls and I Hate My Teenage Daughter was tapped to play Mike's younger sister Leigh, while Treme's Wendell Pierce joined the cast last month in the role of Harris Green, Mike's perennially single best friend and old boss on WNBC's 5 O'Clock News.
Written by Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development, Cougar Town), the project will be directed by executive producer Will Gluck, who helmed the feature comedy Easy A. During NBC's session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, entertainment president Bob Greenblatt expressed his desire to see the as-yet-untitled series on the Peacock network's fall schedule and mentioned that the first table-read with the cast would take place this month.
Is Betsy Brandt a good match for Michael J. Fox?