Michael J. Fox Discusses His Return To Television

July 28, 2013

Michael J. Fox is returning to television in THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW on NBC. Although the return has been met with a warm welcome, many question the actor’s health and how much humor can be found in Parkinson’s disease.

In an interview during a panel at the Television Critics Associations summer press tour, Michael J. Fox spoke about him portraying himself in the show.

“Sometimes it’s frustrating, and sometimes it’s funny. I look at it that way, and I think other people need to look at it that way… If someone wants to be outraged, they can be outraged. I don’t think it’s that outrageous.”

The pilot is said to draw a lot of humor from the inconveniences of having Parkinson’s disease, but producer Will Gluck mentions that there is more to the show.

“Episodes coming up, it’s just going to be the family and Mike with a unique perspective. It’s always going to be there, but it’s not the spotlight.”

“It’s about perception,” Fox added. “A lot of times when you have a disability, you deal with other people’s perceptions of what that disability is. There’s nothing horrifying about it to me. It is my reality. It is my life. There’s nothing horrible about a shaky hand, and there’s nothing horrible about saying ‘I’m tired of this shaky hand.'”

The new show will premiere September 26th, 2013 and according to Mr. Fox, he’s had no problem adjusting to the busy work schedule.

“We’ve done six episodes now,” said Fox. “I knew one of two things would happen over the year: I would atrophy or I’d rebuild the muscles — and I’m rebuilding the muscles.”

I’m excited for the new show. I’ve missed him.

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