CBS Alums Pauley Perrette, Patricia Heaton, and Billy Gardell Return to the Network This Fall
With the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory signing off in May, CBS has been planning on some high-profile programming for the fall. The sitcoms must be promising since a few major alums of the network are returning to head some of the shows.
Fan favorite Pauley Perrette is starring in Broke, which focuses on a wealthy trust fund baby named Miguel who is cut off by his father. This forces Miguel and his wife to move in with her sister, Jackie, played by Perrette.
According to Deadline, the show is from from Jane the Virgin creator and executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, and Will & Grace executive producer Alex Herschlag. The role is a departure for Perrette, who starred in the network’s hit drama NCIS for 15 seasons as forensic scientist Abby Sciuto. Deadline reported that the actress was looking for a multi-camera comedy to work on after her tenure at NCIS. Broke marks Perrette’s return to the network since leaving the top-rated show.
Jaime Camil of Jane the Virgin plays Miguel, and stars along with Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Izzy Diaz, and Antonio Corbo.
Starring in two hit sitcoms, Patricia Heaton clearly knows good comedy. After wrapping up nine seasons of ABC’s The Middle in 2018, and nine seasons of the CBS ratings hit Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005, Heaton returns to the ‘Eye Network’ in Carol’s Second Act.
The three-time Emmy winner plays Carol Kenney, a 50-year-old retired teacher who decides to go to medical school after her divorce and raising her two kids, according to TVInsider. Referred to as the “old intern” by her twentysomething colleagues, Heaton’s Carol is motivated to prove she is a good doctor despite being older. Kyle MacLachlan plays Dr. Stephen Frost, the charming senior attending physician on her ward.
Heaton was quoted recently in Closer Weekly, discussing how her past two shows challenged her in different ways. “The Middle has been really challenging for me, because it’s single camera,” she said. “With Raymond, it was like putting on a little play every week. Everything went in order. There’s an audience. The Middle is all out of order, you’re only present for your scenes. There’s no audience. You don’t see what else is going on… The lack of stability is actually a great way to live, because you’re fooling yourself if you think anything in life is stable. People take things for granted and are shocked when things are taken away from them. I learned that early on when my mother passed away.”
Deadline also recently reported that Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame was just cast to replace Bonnie Dennison as Carol’s daughter Jenny. In addition to playing the lead role, Heaton will also serve as executive producer on the show.
A familiar face from the CBS comedy Mike and Molly is also returning to the network. Billy Gardell reunites with the show’s executive producer Chuck Lorre in the sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, as reported by PopCulture. Lorre, who co-created The Big Bang Theory, also heads up Mom and Young Sheldon for CBS.
Gardell, who was also previously on the CBS comedy Yes, Dear, portrays a middle-aged “sock businessman” in the new series who endures a heart attack and ends up falling for a Nigerian cardiac nurse, played by Folake Olowofoyeku. The show is centered around Gardell’s attempts to woo the nurse. The sitcom also features Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, and Shola Adewusi.
It should be an interesting – and funny – fall season for CBS!