LOS ANGELES--Ted Danson can't stop helping people.
In Becker, he was a bitter, acerbic physician; in Cheers, he was a bartender; and in the upcoming ABC sitcom Help Me Help You, he plays Bill Hoffman, leader of a therapy group for people suffering from social anxiety. The show is executive-produced by Alex Reid, creator of Malcolm In the Middle, and Jennifer Konner and Alexandra Rushfield, who wrote for the Judd Apatow show Undeclared.
Danson, speaking this week at the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, said he enjoys his newest role because the character is in control, but neurotic.
"I get to be the bartender, the group therapist, then I get to [be] the total idiot at the same time," the actor said. "I like playing someone who desperately wants the world to like them. That's closer to home…at least, according to my wife."
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Emmy winner Ted Danson has been tapped to costar opposite Glenn Close in an untitled legal-thriller pilot for FX in which he'll play a corporate giant facing a class-action suit.
The character-driven drama centers on Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), a beautiful, self-possessed attorney fresh out of law school who lands her dream job working for Patty Hewes (Close), America's foremost high-stakes litigator. Hewes brings the suit against Danson's character.
The pilot marks a reunion for Close and Danson, who starred together in the 1984 ABC movie Something About Amelia.
Danson, two-time Emmy winner for his role on NBC's Cheers, starred on this season's ABC comedy Help Me Help You.
It could be a very short hiatus for Jane Kaczmarek, who might play another TV wife on a prime-time comedy series next season.
Kaczmarek, who has portrayed hard-nosed mom Lois on the Fox comedy Malcolm in the Middle for seven seasons, did a guest spot on the ABC comedy pilot Help Me Help You, playing star Ted Danson's estranged wife. The project, an ensemble comedy about a disparate group of people connected through therapy, was picked up to series by the network this week.
While Kaczmarek doesn't have a deal beyond the pilot, sources said there is an intention to make the role recurring and bring the actress back for future episodes.
Kaczmarek's husband, The West Wing costar Bradley Whitford, also is segueing to a new series, "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
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For nine seasons, millions of viewers loved everybody on CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond. Now some of the key individuals behind that show are about to find out how they rate on their own.
Patricia Heaton, a two-time Emmy winner for her work on Raymond, is starring in an untitled ABC sitcom about a recently widowed woman who begins a new life after joining the PTA. Three-time Emmy victor Brad Garrett heads the cast of Fox's Til Death, an ensemble comedy in which he will play a long-married man who lives next door to newlyweds.
Additionally, Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and two of his top writers have joined forces on the CBS comedy pilot Play Nice.
Heaton and Garrett's return to TV is sure to evoke comparisons to the "Seinfeld' curse," referring to the lack of post-Seinfeld success for ...Read more