Michael J. Fox Talks About The Role Of Parkinson's In New NBC Comedy

By Jessica Rawden 3 years ago discussion comments
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NBC has high hopes for its new comedy lineup on Thursday nights, which will include veteran programming like Parks and Recreation, but also some new programming, including stuff starring Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes. At this summerís Television Critics Association panel, Fox came out to talk about his new program, The Michael J. Fox Show, which will mirror some of his real-life struggles with Parkinsonís Disease and with the family members who have been with him through some of the toughest times.

The show will star Fox as a New York news anchor who has taken a break from the public spotlight but wants to get back to work, much to the relief of his wife Annie (Betsy Brandt) and the rest of his family. NBC has already released teasers and the full trailer for the series that will kind-of give you an idea of the sort of subjects the show will get into, which revolve around work, home life, and dealing with Parkinsonís, among other topics.

It doesnít sound like great fodder for comedy, but Fox and show creator Will Gluck agree that the show wants to portray life with Parkinsonís with some degree of believability, while still helping audiences to realize that there is still laughter and life beyond the troubles of having a disease. As reported by The Star, Fox isnít trying to offend anyone with the showís take on the disease.
ďIf someone wants to be outraged they can be outraged. Itís really just the way I look at life and the reality of Parkinsonís. Sometimes itís frustrating. Sometimes itís funny. We all have our bag of hammers. We all have our own Parkinsonís.Ē

The project came about from Foxís own family experiences, as well as his own experiences of dealing with the disease that the public has come to know better, thanks to the former Spin City actorís diagnosis. However, Parkinsonís wonít even be at the focus of the news anchor-based sitcom.
ďItís always going to be there, but itís not going to be the spotlight.Ē

The Michael J. Fox Show has been one of the most highly talked about new programs of the 2013-2014 season. From what weíve seen so far, NBC may have its first Thursday night winner on its hands in a while. Weíll have to wait and see how the show pans out, but you can begin catching new episodes when The Michael J. Fox Show hits NBCís schedule on September 26 at 9 p.m. ET (in subsequent weeks, the show will air at 9:30).
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