Actress Marcia Gay Harden on how her new collection, “So Help Me Todd,” mixes comedy and drama

Marcia Gay Harden is aware of one thing about each comedy and drama. The Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress stated she was drawn into her new position on the CBS present “So Help Me Todd” due to the way in which the present blends the 2 genres collectively.  

“It’s a authorized present, so that you get a case of the week, however … it’s comical as effectively. I like bodily comedy, I like being in comedy, there’s like nothing else,” Harden advised “CBS Mornings” on Wednesday. 

Harden performs Margaret Wright, who hires her son, Todd, performed by actor Skylar Astin, because the in-house investigator for her regulation agency in hopes of repairing their broken relationship. They work collectively fixing instances whereas hashing out their mother-son drama. 

She stated that she and Astin have a very good relationship and the script permits them to play off one another and improvise traces.  

“He’s a grasp at throwing traces in, and I throw bodily issues in. He’s actually good at like little feedback on the finish. And then they make it higher, it is like little buttons. Then I’ll say, ‘What about if my character falls off her chair on this second?’ They are like, ‘OK, strive it,'” stated Harden. 

Another stunning factor most viewers would not learn about “So Help Me Todd” is that it’s being produced by Stage 29 Productions, which is the manufacturing firm behind the TV present “Dr. Phil” Harden stated that it is not stunning to see Dr. Phil McGraw himself on set infrequently. 

“He has come to set earlier than. He did this complete evaluation of the mom/son relationship — like, ‘Well, I’d say that is dysfunctional. Your mom’s just a little controlling, is not she?’ And it is like we’re actually getting remedy on set,” she stated. 

“So Help Me Todd” airs on CBS on Thursdays at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central. You also can watch it on Paramount+.  

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