Gillibrand Goes Hollywood to Join Cast of Classic Sitcom Remake
By Pug Ransom
Published June 7th, 2015
ALBANY — Kirsten Gillibrand will reportedly leave the world of politics behind and move from Washington to Tinseltown to join the new cast of the resurrected 1980s sitcom Family Ties.
The Emma Willard-grad-turned-United States senator will be reprising the role of Elyse Keaton, made famous by legendary gay actress Meredith Baxter, a source close to the production said.
“The senator has big shoes to fill. Hell, she’s replacing an icon in Meredith Baxter. We’re talking about the woman who played Betty Broderick in the made-for-TV miniseries, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story,” said the source. “But if anyone can pull it off, it’s Kirsten Gillibrand. She’s always had that can-do attitude.”
During a Senate Committee hearing on terrorism Friday held to examine the threat posed by ISIS, Gillibrand was asked about the Family Ties remake.
“This is neither the time nor place to discuss classic television sitcoms,” the Albany native and former congresswoman said.
Rumored to be starring alongside Gillibrand is Bob Saget, who will replace Michael Gross as Steven Keaton — the patriarch of the fictional Cleveland family, and Justin Beiber, who will play Alex P. Keaton in the role that made Michael J. Fox an international superstar.
Rounding out the cast will be Justin Bateman as daughter Mallory Keaton, originally played by Bateman’s real-life sister, Justine; and hefty everyman-actor John Goodman, who will play youngest daughter Jennifer — originally starring Tina Yothers.
The youngest Keaton child, Andrew, has been written out of the script, sources said. His character will reportedly be serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for falsely reporting membership in the Greater Cleveland 4-H Club on a job application while pursuing a position in the dairy department at Save-A-Lot supermarket.
The updated series will run on ABC as the lead-in to the new sitcom Skippy Is as Skippy Does, a Family Ties-spin off featuring actor Marc Price, who played the borderline retarded character Skippy on the original Family Ties.
“You thought Marc was good as Skippy back in the 80s?” a source asked rhetorically. “Well, you ain’t seen anything yet.”