ABC’s ‘Norm’ puts faith in ‘Ford’ for role

'Brown' thesp gets recurring part in ABC sitcom

“Murphy Brown” alum Faith Ford will join the cast of ABC’s third-year laffer “Norm” this fall.

Thesp is no stranger to the Norm Macdonald starrer: She appeared in the first four segs of the skein last season. Ford will reprise her role as a probation officer with whom Macdonald’s character is smitten.

Ford “is a good foil for Norm,” exec producer Bruce Helford told Daily Variety. “She’s wonderfully funny and a solid actor. She comes off as very charming.”

Female draw

Helford believes Ford will also give female viewers “another way to get into the show,” particularly since Nikki Cox is ankling “Norm” for her own Helford-produced WB Network laffer.

“Norm” is moving to Fridays at 9 p.m. in the fall after two seasons on Wednesday nights.

A five-time Emmy nominee, Ford is best known for her role as journo Corky Sherwood on the long-running CBS laffer “Murphy Brown.” Her own CBS sitcom, “Maggie Winters,” lasted for one season in 1998.

Ford is repped by UTA.

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