A new Michael J. Fox show on NBC will feature the movie and TV actor playing a newscaster. The new role will also draw heavily on Fox's experiences with Parkinson's disease.
A report on Jan. 6 from the Clarion Ledger discusses the upcoming show's plot. It features Fox as a newscaster initially forced to quit his job due to struggles with Parkinson's disease. However, a new medical regimen helps him control the disease's symptoms and allows him to return to his job. The show hasn't received a name yet, but will draw heavily upon Fox's own experiences with the disease.
Michael J. Fox gained notoriety in the acting world for his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton on the hit sitcom "Family Ties," as well as his role as Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" movies. Fox also starred in "Spin City" on ABC as Mike Flaherty from 1996 through 2000. His bouts with Parkinson's first became evident through symptoms in early 1990's, but the actor chose to go public about his disease in 1998.
His brand new comedy has a speculative debut in September as part of NBC's Thursday schedule. It's said that this show will be an attempt to boost low ratings on that particular day as "30 Rock" and "The Office" are set to finish up this year.
Roanoke TV viewers can watch the new Michael J. Fox show on NBC affiliate station WSLS 10 via Cox Cable.