'The Michael J. Fox Show' Focuses on Family (and Maybe Parkinson's Too)
'The Michael J. Fox Show' Focuses on Family (and Maybe Parkinson's Too)
Michelle Carlbert
Michelle Carlbert
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The Michael J. Fox show is about a man living with Parkinson's who comes out of retirement to return to his job as a newsman. But though he lives with a condition, the series promises to focus more on the wackiness of his family and work life. At the Television Critics Association Press Day (TCA) the cast and creators spoke about what viewers can expect from the show when it premieres this fall. 

Who was at the panel: 

Michael J. Fox (Mike Henry) 
Betsy Brandt (Annie Henry) 
Wendell Pierce (Harris Greene) 
Will Gluck (Executive Producer) 
Sam Laybourne (Executive Producer)

Highlights from the panel:

"If someone wants to be outraged, they can. I don't think it's that outrageous." - Fox (on portraying Parkinson's in the show)

"The names have been changed to protect the innocent," [but] "There's a germ of our relationship that I've taken and run with it. They're cool with it." - Fox on his kids' opinion about being (sort of) portrayed on the show. 

"Going from Breaking Bad to this and playing his wife is "pretty effing awesome." - Brandt on getting the role as Fox' wife. 

"I could play Doc Brown."  - Fox on doing another Back to the Future film. 

"That's how I got in this position." - Fox on the stress and exhaustion of doing a full 22-episode season and then doing a movie in the summer. 

"There is nothing horrific in it for me. On the surface there is nothing horrible with someone who has shaky hands and saying 'man, I am tired of having shaky hands.'" - Fox on how some people might see the show as being heavier than it is. 

Anne Heche will appear on the show as Mike's nemesis. Her story is that there was a disputed incident that happened 20 years ago in the Everglades and she may or may not have used Mike to forward her career. 

"I really believe it's a family show." - Gluck on the overall theme of the series. 

"There wasn't a lot of strategy behind the show, we just found a story we wanted to tell and told it." - Fox after asked if there was an agenda behind portraying someone with a disability on TV. 

"That's about being old, not about Parkinson's." - Fox, joking about how he has difficulties doing things at the age of 52. 

Fox's wife Tracy Pollen will appear in a guest spot in an episode during the first season. 

"Actor would be boring and athlete would be impossible." - Fox on choosing to have the lead character have his fame from being a news anchor rather than an actor or athlete. 

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