‘Breaking Bad’ star Betsy Brandt joins NBC’s Michael J. Fox newscaster comedy

By Daniel S Levine,

Michael J. Fox’s new comedy at NBC has found its leading lady in Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt.

NBC won the series after a bidding war between the networks. It is set to be semi-autobiographical and the network has already ordered 22 episodes to be produced before a pilot is even made. The series was developed by Arrested Development writer Sam Laybourne and Easy A director Will Gluck. It will be Fox’s first regular series gig since Spin City.

Earlier this month, NBC revealed that Fox will play New York newscaster Mike Burnaby dealing with Parkinson's disease. NBC President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke called it an incredible show during the TCA press tour.

Today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Brandt will play Mike’s wife, Annie. She will be a tough mother with a sense of humor who works at daughter Eve’s school.

According to EW, the rest of the cast includes Katie Finneran, Wendell Pierce and Conor Romero as Mike’s older son. The roles of Eve and another child haven’t been cast yet.

NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt said during the press tour that he hopes the show will premiere in fall 2013, since production is slated to start later this month with the first table-read.

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