I Hate My Teenage Daughter lead Katie Finneran has landed a co-starring role on Michael J. Fox’s NBC comedy series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and producer-director Will Gluck, 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. Finneran will play Mike’s narcissistic, single and jobless sister. Also cast in the series are Conor Romero as Mike’s college dropout son who recently returned home, and Jack Gore as his younger, 7-year-old son.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
After today’s TCA panel on Fox’s new multi-camera comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter, about two high school nerd-girls who grew up to be the mothers of the kind of popular “mean girls” that they envied and hated in high school, the show’s executive producers, Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, talked with me about how their multi-camera comedy might fit in at Fox, which has struggled to successfully launch a multi-camera sitcom. The show stars Katie Finneran and My Name Is Earl castmember Jaime Pressly as the moms and Australian Aisha Dee and Kristi Lauren as the snotty teenagers. “I think audiences really appreciate multi-camera comedy — you watch the big success of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory and you feel good when you watch it — there’s something very comforting about it, I can’t explain why,” said Kreamer. It [harkens back to] The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy — the history. It’s a little bit slower-paced than some of the single-camera comedies, with the jump cuts and stuff. Sherry and I come from Friends, and we love that.”