Pilot Scoop: Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta, Mo Gaffney Cast in ABC Family's Continuing Fred

ABC Family’s Continuing Fred comedy pilot has cast the lead character’s funny folks.

The SimpsonsDan Castellaneta will play Harry, father to Mimi Gianopulos’ Winifred “Fred” Harris. His character is described as hardworking, cheap and gruff – pretty much the opposite of the actor’s Simpsons alter ego Homer.

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Mo Gaffney (Absolutely Fabulous) will portray Loretta, Fred’s well-meaning but nosy mom.

The multi-camera sitcom, greenlit for a pilot in September, follows slacker-turned-elementary-school-teacher Fred and her crazy family.

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TVLine also can confirm exclusively that Mark J. Sullivan (As the World Turns) will play Fred’s brother Ben, Angelique Cabral (Happy Endings) will play Ben’s citified wife Jennifer and Asif Ali (Up All Night) will play Max, a childhood friend of Ben and Fred’s who’s also a teacher and a potential love interest for Gianopulos’ character.

Continuing Fred comes from Mike & Molly producer Bill Daly.

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