Michael J. Fox, who last appeared on TV in 2000, is making his big comeback with a brand new TV series this fall. During an interview that aired on “Entertainment Tonight” on Sept. 1, Fox said that the time was right. “It was all building up to where I finally asked myself 'why can’t I do this?' I couldn’t come up with a good reason,” he added on air or Sunday night.
The Canadian American actor first appeared on TV in 1982 when he brilliantly played the role of Alex P. Keaton on “Family Ties.” The series aired on NBC for seven seasons and at its peak, drew in one-third of America’s households every week. When the series ended in 1985, Fox went on to star as Marty McFly in the “Back to the Future” trilogy of movies.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. He semi-retired from acting after symptoms of his disease became more severe in 2000. After that, Fox became an activist for research toward finding a cure. This led him to create the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
In 1996, Michael J. Fox moved back to television as the executive producer and star of “Spin City.” During his four-year run, he was awarded three Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, plus two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of Mike Flaherty. After announcing his retirement (to spend time with his family), his character was replaced by Charlie Sheen.
Come Sept. 26, Fox will be back in action on TV with his new NBC comedy series titled “The Michael J. Fox Show.” He plays the role of Mike Henry, a newscaster and father who returns to work five years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. With the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce) jumps at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it's always been, is to make Mike think it was his idea. After many failed attempts, Mike's family, anxious to see him out of the house, finally succeeds in getting him to "run into" Green. Now their plan is in motion. He'll be back to juggling home, family and career, just like the old days - only better.
“There are still some realities that I have to deal with, but they’ve worked them into the show,” Fox said about his disease on “ET.” According to CNN, Fox’s new show features off-beat humor, like a scene in which Mike wishes his medicine’s side effects were cooler, like “anything Aquaman does.” Although Parkinson’s will play a major role in the premiere, Fox doesn’t want it to overshadow the comedy. According to the "Edmonton Journal," Fox stated during the show’s summer press tour, “I feel that this is the reflection of my experience and certainly in the pilot, it was more prevalent than it is in subsequent scripts.” He added that the show causes people to laugh at their own “bag of hammers.”
Michael J. Fox also serves as executive producer on the new comedy from executive producer/writer Sam Laybourne ("Cougar Town") and executive producer/director Will Gluck ("Easy A", "Friends with Benefits"). The comedy also stars Betsy Brandt ("Breaking Bad"), Conor Romero ("American Gangster"), Juliette Goglia ("Easy A"), plus Jack Gore and Katie Finneran ("I Hate My Teenage Daughter").
“The Michael J. Fox Show” debuts at 9 p.m. EST with a one-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 on NBC. Then, it shifts to its regular 9:30 p.m. time slot on Thursdays. To watch a preview, be sure to check out the video above and to the left.
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