On the heels of one of her biggest feature film breaks, Odette Annable has opted to return to television work.
Featured last fall opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and Betty White in the movie comedy "You Again," the former Odette Yustman -- who guest starred recently with husband Dave Annable on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" -- joins Christian Slater, Bret Harrison ("Reaper") and Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville") as Fox's security-firm sitcom "Breaking In" debuts Wednesday, April 6.
Annable's new character, Melanie, is very much a guy's girl, a handy trait since she's the only woman among the men hired for various protection jobs. "I can hold my own with all these clowns," Annable says with a laugh. "I'm just not 'eye candy' in the show; I'm the team's lock picker and safecracker, and without me, they wouldn't be breaking in."
"Breaking In" has had quite a history in getting on the air. Fox initially passed on the show for the current season, then it suddenly was revived as a midseason replacement.
"It's always that anticipation of 'Are we going to get picked up or are we not?' " Annable reflects. "We kept hearing we were the highest-testing comedy pilot, then we got the call saying we'd fallen through the cracks. I was ready to move on, then we got a call saying that they decided passing this up was a bad choice. In the TV world, it's rare that anything gets picked up after it's already been put on the cutting-room floor."
If Annable had to revise any other career plans in order to do "Breaking In," she doesn't seem to mind: "It's been a fun ride, and I feel like I'm just getting started."
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