Michael J. Fox stars as newscaster with Parkinson's in new NBC comedy (Video)
Michael J. Fox is headed back to television, playing a newscaster who lives with Parkinson’s disease. The yet untitled comedy will air on NBC, The Associated Press reported on Sunday, Jan. 6.
The premise of the comedy will be that Fox’s character has quit his job due to complications from Parkinson’s. In the first episode of the show Fox's character will return to work a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease’s symptoms.
NBC said the comedy closely mirrors many aspects of Michael J. Fox’s personal life and struggles with Parkinson’s, but tries to have fun with an image that has left him an object of “pity-fueled admiration.”
Though the show does not yet have a title, NBC Entertainment President Jenifer Salke said it will premiere in September. NBC is aiming to add the show onto the Thursday night schedule, perhaps into one of the slots left open by “The Office” and “30 Rock” which will both end their series in the next few months.
Salke said Michael J. Fox is meeting this week with actresses who could potentially play his wife on the show. May we suggest Fox’s real life wife, Tracy Pollan, who played his love interest on another Michael J. Fox comedy, “Family Ties” in the 1980s, which also aired on NBC.