Television
Michael J. Fox Returns To Television
By Camille Sarabia
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:24:22 AM

***image3**8HOLLYWOOD—Michael J. Fox will premiere his new television show “The Michael J. Fox Show,” which is based on his personal life and obstacles with Parkinson’s disease.

 

With comedy, action and a sci-fi allure that brings both older and a younger audience together, Michael J. Fox has decided to hit the screen again with NBC, who is in partnership with Universal Pictures.  “The Michael J. Fox Show” will debut fall 2013 and has been picked up for 22 episodes.  NBC won a bid to premiere the show and has confirmed 22 episodes despite what the pilot’s success will be. 

 

The show is a single camera comedy about the 51-year old actor’s life, family and struggles with Parkinson’s.  Fox will play Mike Henry, a retired news anchor for NBC news in New York who has decided to come back to television.  The show will feature Betsy Brandt of “Breaking Bad” as Henry's wife, and Wendell Pierce of “The Wire,” as his boss and Alison Brie from “Community” as his daughter.

 

Despite Fox’s leave from the entertainment screen, he has been busy.  Fox is the author of numerous books titled “Lucky Man: A Memoir,” “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of An Incurable Optimist” and “Funny Things That Happened on the Way to the Future”¦: Twists and Turns and Life Lessons Learned.”  In addition to his writing career, Fox has been working towards researching and finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  The Michael Fox Foundation has raised more than $30 million towards finding a cure.

 

Fox was quoted about his illness saying, “One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”

 

He was diagnosed in 1991 with Parkinson’s disease which affects the brain causing shaking and walking, moving and coordination impairments.  Fox retired from the entertainment screen in 2001 officially, but now he is back and is making his day-to-day difficulties with Parkinson’s an experience for viewers to see as well. 

 

NBC has recently released a trailer for the upcoming television show and Fox’s performance is fun, comedic, heartfelt and real.  He takes the serious note of Parkinson’s and makes it something to occasionally laugh at.  You can see Fox passing out scrambled eggs with a shaking hand while his hungry family waits to be served, remarking that in a bumpy car ride “This is his normal,” and to see him accidentally call 911 instead of 917 because “His drugs haven’t kicked in.”  His performance is very real, as is his predicament, but he also does not fail to give a sense of lighthearted comedy that brings together life, love and family. 



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