Jane Kaczmarek, a multiple Emmy nominee for her work on “Malcolm in the Middle,” will play Cummings’ several-times-divorced mother in the series, Deadline reports. She steps in for Beverly D’Angelo, who played the part in the show’s pilot. Kaczmarek will reshoot those scenes and go on to have a recurring role on the show.
Kaczmarek earned seven Emmy nominations on “Malcolm” — one for every season it aired — for playing harried mom Lois. She also co-starred in ABC’s short-lived comedy “Help Me Help You” in 2006-07 and TNT’s drama “Raising the Bar” a couple seasons back. She guested on FX’s “Wilfred” earlier this month and has done voice work on several episodes of “The Simpsons.”
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