NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show” stars none other than Michael J. Fox, who returns to TV as Mike Henry, a popular New York anchorman who retires from his job after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which Fox has in real life.
After a five-year stint of being as stay-at-home dad, his family, his news old station, and the general public all want Mike to go back to work – so he does.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox’s new show appears as though it wants to be “Modern Family,” however, the “comedy has some tone issues to deal with.”
On Thursday night, both the pilot and the second episode air back-to-back, with the former involving Mike’s decision to go back to work and the latter featuring his actual wife, actress Tracy Pollan, as the noisy upstairs neighbor who is a “sexy, newly divorced woman,” according to THR.
“Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt plays Fox’s wife on the show, while Conor Romero is Ian, the son who’s dropped out of college; Juliette Goglia is Eve, the couple’s teenage daughter; and Jack Gore plays the youngest child, Graham.
The “Michael J. Fox Show” premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, with a second episode airing in what will be its regular time slot, 9:30 p.m.