Michael J. Fox‘s forthcoming NBC series has added one of the stars of “The Wire” to its cast.
Wendell Pierce, currently starring in HBO’s “Treme,” will play Fox’s boss in the show, Deadline reports. The untitled comedy, based loosely on Fox’s own life, has already been ensured a spot on NBC’s fall 2013 schedule.
The show will center on Mike Burnaby (Fox), a former news anchor in New York who left his job because he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The show will be about his family life and his return to work.
“Treme” will have finished filming its abbreviated final season well before production ramps up on the NBC show.
Pierce is better known for his dramatic work of late, but he has some comedy experience too. He co-starred on several sitcoms in the late ’90s and early ’00s (“The Gregory Hines Show,” “The Weber Show”), and he delivered “The Wire’s” gallows humor with aplomb.
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