Pilot Intel: Laurie Metcalf joins 'Strange Brew'

Laurie Metcalf has been tapped to star in the Fox comedy pilot Strange Brew, sources confirm. The show, from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, is set at a family-run brewery. The Emmy-winning Roseanne alum will play the matriarch, Janie. Here’s the official character description…

“In her 40s, Ted’s attractive and high strung wife, mother to Clay, Kyle, Lizzy and Michael, she’s newly sober, and being newly sober at a brewery with a family of brewery workers is not a happy or easy thing. She’s also trying to stop swearing, and it’s a toss up which vice is more difficult to shed. Though dealing with her own issues, she is still a source of strength to her husband and family.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

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  • Kyle

    i LOVE her! IF SHE’S anything like crazy Aunt Jackie, I’m definately gonna be watching this show!

  • AC

    For a second, I thought it was going to be a “Bob and Doug McKenzie” series…Alas, no. They’ve got to change the name of this show…

    • jim

      Beat me to it.

  • jim

    Are the Mckenzie brothers going to make an appearance?

  • Abby

    Love her, but if this means nomore guest appearances on BBT as Sheldon’s mom, I am not going to be happy!

    • madduxfan

      Agree, she is funny in everything…but I always look forward to seeing Sheldon’s mom make an appearance and talk Shelly down…

  • Seattle Kevin

    I saw this the first time when it was called “Malcolm in the Middle.”

  • melissa

    does this mean she’s going to stop doing those commercials to sponsor a starving child (and maybe give that job back to sally strothers)?

  • Davidsask

    Name must be changed of show but sounds like cool premise!

  • Yoja

    This just sounds like a really bad idea.

  • M

    I really hope it works out for her. I believe her last show lasted one episode.

  • nykolus

    i love aunt jackie!!! but given the title, i thought it would be a ‘comedy’ about witches…

  • stacy

    Kohan & Mutchnik will screw this up as the have every show since Will & Grace; they are 1-trick ponies and are now considered a joke in Hollywood

  • Jess

    In her 40s? Please.

  • Lori

    Take off, eh?

  • Mike

    I love Laurie Metcalf. She makes everything she’s in better. But this description sounds terrible. I’ll have to see what she makes of the part.

  • Diane

    I love Laurie M. but she joins a lot of other actresses in Hollywood who need to step away from the plastic surgery and Botox. Why doesn’t everyone learn from Meryl Streep?

    • Belle

      Actually she does not look that “pulled” or Botox. She did it the right way like Vanessa Williams did. But yes, you are right, actresses should take a clue from Meryl, Glenn Close & Holly Hunter & Frances McDormand.

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