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‘Breaking Bad’s’ Betsy Brandt Cast in Michael J. Fox’s NBC Sitcom

NBC Michael J Fox Sitcom Betsy Brandt
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And so, it begins. We knew that with ‘Breaking Bad‘s’ final episodes due to begin airing this summer, eventually its stellar cast would go their separate ways with new TV projects. Sad as that is, at least they’ve got their pick of the litter! Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader) is the first ‘Breaking Bad’ star to lineup her post-AMC career, taking the spousal role in NBC’s upcoming untitled Michael J. Fox sitcom, loosely based on the actor’s own struggle with Parkinson’s. Find out the full details and cast of Michael J. Fox’s new series inside!

While we don’t yet know what role ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Marie Schrader will have in the final hours of the acclaimed AMC drama, at least Betsy Brandt will end up in a good place. TVLine reports that the actress has officially signed on to Michael J. Fox’s upcoming semi-autobiographical sitcom, in the role of Michael’s character’s wife.

Fox himself will play former New York City news lead anchor Mike Burnaby, who decides to return to work after Parkinson’s forced him to take time off. Brandt will act as Mike’s wife Annie, said to be “tough, blunt, deeply loyal,” though resentful of being seen as “the rock” in her husband’s life, and prone to being easily worked up by small injustices. Annie works at the school of the couple’s middle child, while being fiercely protective of all her children.

Bradnt joints a cast that includes Conor Romero and Jack Gore as two of the children, ‘Treme‘ and ‘The Wire’ star Wendell Pierce as Mike’s boss, and Kate Finneran as Mike’s sister. The series has already been greenlit for a fall premiere as part of a lucrative deal NBC struck in attracting Fox.

What say you? Will you tune into Michael J. Fox’s big NBC return, now that ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Betsy Brandt has been added? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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