October 6, 2013

‘Breaking Bad’ co-star looks back ... and ahead

Betsy Brandt joins the ‘Michael J. Fox Show’

By B.j. Hammerstein
Mcclatchy Newspapers

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Betsy Brandt played Marie Schrader in AMC’s just-ended “Breaking Bad.”

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“She brought an enormous amount of heart, soul and dignity to Marie,” Norris told the Detroit Free Press via e-mail. “I will always love her and miss her. She was an important part of making my ‘Breaking Bad’ experience special.

“Plus, she’s really, really, really funny.”

Brandt said that she couldn’t be happier about going from the dark and dramatic “Bad” to a traditional family comedy where Fox is front and center.

“I’ve never done a half-hour sitcom or, really, comedy on stage or on film. I’ve never done it on TV either. Well, ‘Breaking Bad’ is pretty funny,” she said. “After ‘Breaking Bad’ you want a good job. And I was hoping that a comedy was in the cards for me and this just kind of happened.”

Brandt plays Annie Henry on “The Michael J. Fox Show,” Fox’s new NBC sitcom about a New York City news personality who is ready to get back to his career after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“You know, one of the most amazing things about him – and not everybody can do this – but he really is an amazing actor whether it’s comedy or drama,” she said. “He’s an icon, but he’s also just really good at being a guy. And people relate to him because of that.”

“The Michael J. Fox Show” debuted Thursday with back-to-back episodes. NBC gave it a full, 22-episode season order in January and plans to air it at 9:30 p.m. ET Thursdays. Reactions have been mixed because the new show’s humor – which includes jokes about Parkinson’s – is inconsistent. It was NBC’s top-rated program Thursday with about 7.2 million viewers tuning in to both episodes. Although the show’s ratings were solid, Robin Williams’ new CBS sitcom, “The Crazy Ones,” debuted at 9 p.m. Thursday with 15.6 million viewers tuning in.

Brandt, for her part, isn’t thinking about how big the moment is. She’s just enjoying the unique experiences and creative people she has been fortunate enough to build relationships with.

“You know, this is a crazy business,” she said. “I just look at what right’s in front of me and go for it. (Laughs) And that’s probably both a good and bad thing.”

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