We reported a while back about the rabid fight among television networks to be the first to bid on and win the rights to The Michael J. Fox Show. I’m talking about foaming-at-the-mouth feuds between executives to be the highest bidder. The winner would be the new small-screen home of Michael J. Fox who, like his character in the show, is returning to television after a long hiatus to battle Parkinson’s Disease.
Remember that incredible cameo on Curb Your Enthusiasm? The one where Fox’s level of self-deprecation was so humbling and scathing that you just wanted to hug him through your TV screen for being so awesome? That might have just been me, so… don’t answer that. It looks like The Michael J. Fox Show is built entirely on the actor’s cut-and-dried view of his life as an Emmy-winning TV star, idol, father, and husband. He’s just a guy who knows how to make fun of himself, Parkinson’s or no Parkinson’s.
NBC was the network that ultimately won the rights to the series, which will be premiering this fall on Thursdays. His co-stars include Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Wendell Pierce (The Wire), Juliette Goglia, Katie Finneran, James Martinez, and Anna Nogueira. The pilot was directed by Will Gluck (Friends With Benefits, East A) and written by Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town).
Look who’s making the news again. One of New York’s most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox), put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. But now five years later, 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 jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it’s always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. After several – okay, many – failed attempts, Mike’s family, anxious to see him out of the house, finally succeeded 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.
Still got it… Michael J. Fox returns to NBC in a new comedy from writer and executive producer Sam Laybourne (“Cougar Town”) and executive producer Will Gluck (“Easy A”). Half-hour comedy (single-camera).