Pilot Scoop: Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt Cast as Michael J. Fox's Wife in NBC Sitcom

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Betsy Brandt Michael J. Fox NBC ComedyAfter an exhaustive search, Breaking Bad‘s Betsy Brandt has landed the pivotal wife role in Michael J. Fox‘s upcoming NBC comedy series, TVLine has learned.

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The single-camera project, which has already been greenlit for next fall, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local station in NY, Mike decides to go back to work after a new medication helps him manage the effects of his illness.

Brandt will play Annie, his tough, blunt, deeply loyal wife of 20 years. Although Annie has experienced the halo effect of being married to a saint, she hates being celebrated as “the rock” in Mike’s life. She gets easily worked-up over small injustices, like parking spot stealers and airplane armrest bullies and she’s also a pitbull when it comes to defending her kids (played by Conor Romero and Jack Gore). 

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Kate Finneran and Wendell Pierce round out the cast as Mike’s sister and boss, respectively.

Brandt is currently shooting Breaking Bad‘s final eight episodes, the first of which is slated to air this summer.

Comments (14)

  • Sounds like a great series, but how will this affect Michael J. Fox’s recurring roll on CBS show The Good Wife?

    Comment by Becky – January 17, 2013 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Likely he wouldn’t be able to do The Good Wife as well, considering it’s on a rival network (and would have a similar shooting schedule if they’re both fall-spring shows).

      Comment by D'Arcy – January 17, 2013 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Given the current ratings for The Good Wife it may not be coming back next year.

      Comment by Steven – January 17, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m looking forward to seeing this show! I love Michael J. Fox!

    Comment by Liz – January 17, 2013 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good for her. I thought she’d fade into obscurity after Breaking Bad.

    Gonna try out this show. Love me some Michael J Fox.

    Comment by Teag – January 17, 2013 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Betsy! Based on the Breaking Bad commentaries and podcasts, she seems like such a fun person.

    Comment by Kat – January 17, 2013 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • her bio says she’s 5’11″, I think she’ll be recast after the pilot. MJF is only about 5’5″ and I know his real life wife is about 5’7″ so the taller sitcom wife makes sense but 5’11″ is too much of a gap

    Comment by cyclone – January 17, 2013 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Another pilot this year, I’m Not Dead Yet, has Ben Falcone and Missi Pyle as a couple. She’s 5’11”, and I know Ben Falcone is a whole lot shorter than that. Still, I would love to see both of these shows. I really don’t think the height difference will make that big of a difference.

      What I do find weird is that Betsy Brandt is 36 and Michael J. Fox is 51.

      Comment by Zach – January 17, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The age difference is surprising, considering she’s his “deeply loyal wife of 20 years”. So, they got married when she was 16? Maybe on the show they aren’t playing their real ages…

        Comment by Clare – January 18, 2013 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please let this show have excellent writing. It could be so good.

    Comment by Jan1 – January 17, 2013 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’ll be good seeing Michael J. Fox back. I know a couple of with Parkinson’s and it’ll be a positive thing to see that you can still accomplish a lot.

    Comment by Truefan – January 17, 2013 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the choice of “Burnaby” for his character’s name.

    Comment by Susan – January 17, 2013 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damn it Marie, they’re minerals!

    Comment by Catacomb – January 18, 2013 04:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two of my favorite actors in one show.. love Betsy and Michael. Looking forward to it..

    Comment by Susan – July 6, 2013 12:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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