Katie Finneran Joins Cast of Michael J. Fox Sitcom for NBC

Katie Finneran Joins Cast of Michael J. Fox Sitcom for NBC

Deadline reports that two-time Tony Award winning actress Katie Finneran has joined the cast of Michael J. Fox's upcoming NBC comedy series. The show, which is scheduled to premiere in the fall, has received a 22-episode order from the network.

The series, which is based on Fox's real life comes from Sony Pictures TV and producer/director Will Gluck. FOX will portray 'Mike Burnaby,' described as "a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson's Disease. 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."

Finneran will play Mike's "narcissistic, single and jobless sister." The cast will also feature Conor Romero as Mike's college dropout son who comes back to live at home, and Jack Goor as his younger, 7-year-old son. Wendell Pierce plays Mike's boss Harris.

Production on the show is set to begin later this month in New York.

Katie Finneran received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the recent Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, as well as Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the Broadway revival of Noises Off. She currently stars as 'Miss Hannigan' in the Broadway revival of Annie.

Her previous Broadway credits include the New York Philharmonic's production of Company Mauritius, Cabaret, The Iceman Cometh, Neil Simon's Proposals, The Heiress, In the Summer House, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors and On Borrowed Time.

Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, You Never Can Tell, Pig Farm, Arms and the Man, Bosoms and Neglect, A Fair Country, Edith Stein and the Encores! production of Li'l Abner. Finneran made her London debut in the West End production of Fuddy Meers. She has appeared regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ahmanson Theatre, and Hartford Stage.

On television, Finneran starred this past season on Fox's series "I Hate My Teenage Daughter." Her previous television appearances include her roles on "The Inside," "Wonderfalls," "Bram and Alice," "Frasier" and "Oz." Her film appearances include Baby on Board, Broken Bridges, Firehouse Dog, Miss Congeniality 2, Bewitched, You've Got Mail, Liberty Heights, Night of the Living Dead and the recently released film version of the New York Philharmonic's Company.

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