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Michael J. Fox On Returning To Television: ‘I Love To Do This’

Michael J. Fox Returning To Television

Michael J.Fox is ready to make his big return to television, and says he isn’t going to let Parkinson’s slow him down.

The 51-year-old actor is returning this fall to NBC, the network that made him a breakout star with Family Ties and led to a successful career of television and movies.

Though Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 — and disclosed it to the public in 1999 — he said the disease isn’t going to stop him from working. In fact, the new comedy set to air this fall is about a New York anchorman whose life is thrown into upheaval when he’s diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Michael J. Fox said there really wasn’t any way to do a show without addressing his personal struggles with the disease.

“Well, I don’t have a choice… But my personal life — you can sit and project out and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to have this and it’s going to be like this and I won’t be able to do that.’ But it’s much more about right now. ‘What can I do right now?’ Right?” Michael said . “I just thought, I love to do this and as much as anyone will let me do it and give me their time to do it – I should do it. And so, I’m doing it.”

The role will be Michael’s first return to television for a full-time role since he left Spin City in 2001.

While the new show is based on his own life, Michael J. Fox is careful to note it’s only a loose interpretation.

“It’s based loosely on my experiences,” he said. “And I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want my kids to think every time a kid does something goofy on the show that it’s a reflection on them.”

The new show has brought Michael J. Fox firmly back in the spotlight. Last month when he was at LAX to fly out of Los Angeles, he was mobbed by fans and spent several minutes signing autographs for all of them.

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11 Responses to “Michael J. Fox On Returning To Television: ‘I Love To Do This’”

  1. Dianna Edmondson Latta

    This will be fun to watch. My husband has early on-set Alzheimer's. This might help me and my husband handle this disease much better. Can't wait.

  2. Jacqueline E. Tirey

    Good for him. :) TV rarely reflects real life.

  3. Jill Simms

    Really? Watch him twitch and jerk in between lines? Seriously?

  4. April Moreland

    Wow if you don't like it don't watch it but it takes a brave person to do what he's doing so please keep ur smart a** comments to yourself

  5. Ana Ybarra

    actually this if this show has the two following words: parkingsons &comedy.. nothin is funny about it, my mom has it 4over a decade and shes on stage 5already.. its been hell 4all of us and i hope michael j gets sued or some shit cuz thats just plain retarded. next thing u know "comedians" will start making shows about laughing @ cancer … wtf its like ppl would do anything to make money these days!!!

  6. Ana Ybarra

    actually this if this show has the two following words: parkingsons &comedy.. nothin is funny about it, my mom has it 4over a decade and shes on stage 5already.. its been hell 4all of us and i hope michael j gets sued or some shit cuz thats just plain retarded. next thing u know "comedians" will start making shows about laughing @ cancer … wtf its like ppl would do anything to make money these days!!!