Betsy Brandt helps pick up ‘Life in Pieces’ again

Multiple-story-telling CBS comedy starts Season 4

Betsy Brandt of ‘Life in Pieces’ Thursday on CBS

Q:  As “Life in Pieces” starts its fourth season, does its several-stories-per-half-hour format still satisfy you?

A: You want to be economical, because you only have so many minutes to tell the beginning, middle and end of whatever story you’re doing. I’m always so satisfied when I watch it – I’m like, ”It’s over already?” – and I think that’s what you want, especially with a comedy.

That half-hour just zips by you, but even in the quiet moments, there’s so much happening. And the show has those moments, too, and I think that’s what makes it a little bit different … especially for a broadcast-network comedy. It can be broad and crazy and funny, but it also has really grounded moments that, just as a viewer, I think helps the show go the distance. I want to know what happens to these people.

Q: What do you think about the future for “Life in Pieces”?

A: In this business, I don’t count my chickens until I’m having egg drop soup, but I can’t even stomach thinking about this show not going a few more years. It’s a really, really fantastic group.

Q: “Breaking Bad” is such a unique program in television history, how do you reflect on also having had that acting experience?

A: I loved playing Marie, and I still miss her and love her, but I didn’t want to keep playing her with different names. A lot of times, people have the reaction, ”Oh, do that on my show, too!”

I had never played a character who was anything like her, and I loved her great and not-so-great qualities and I embraced them all, but I felt like I did that. And I was really happy with where she got to at the end of the show.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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