Timothy Busfield continues crusading ‘For Life’

Emmy-winning actor-director co-stars in fact-inspired ABC law drama

Timothy Busfield of ‘For Life’ Wednesday on ABC

Q: How do you envision your role as novice lawyer and ex-convict Aaron Wallace’s (Nicholas Pinnock) mentor Henry Roswell as Season 2 of “For Life” resumes?

A: I think the Henry thing is pretty much in motion, and it’s not really going to change that much. I was sort of his Paul Drake (to his Perry Mason) in Season 1, able to make connections and get the information we needed to get the wins under our belts.

As actors, we love each other and have a good time at work, and I’m really there to help him in the storylines. That’s my job. We have a shortened season, but at one point, we will embrace everything that’s going on in the world. We will all be grown together, and it will be much more complex.

Q: The scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 27, episode of “For Life” involves the coronavirus pandemic. How has the health crisis impacted production of the series?

A: Necessity forced a different game plan for a lot of people, and everybody in this environment reacted in a really cool way. Part of that was the stories, which had to be embraced with the limitations we now have. We were able to get in more of Henry’s background beautifully, and I think we see more of where he’s coming from and how difficult things can be for him, being an alcoholic. He’s probably going to make some major mistakes that Aaron has to fix.

Q: You might have had a second series on ABC this season, had the planned sequel to “thirtysomething” gone forward. Do you think there’s still a future for that project?

A: They’ve written a number of the scripts, and we would all reinvest our time and energy into it. Everybody who was on board was really fun; Patrick Fugit (“Almost Famous”) played my son, and I couldn’t have been more excited to do it. It’s still out there, and those guys (returning executive producers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz) have a knack for getting things made.

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