There's both good and bad news regarding Michael J. Fox today. First, let's get the bad news out of the way: NBC has pulled The Michael J. Fox Show
from its Thursday night schedule, effective immediately.
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The comedy wouldn't have aired for the next three week anyway due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but this move doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. While the show started off with 7.5 million viewers for the premiere, it quickly dropped and never relented since. Only 2.18 million viewers tuned in to the most recent episode that aired on January 23, which incidentally involved a storyline where Fox's character flew to Russia to cover the Olympics.
This comes on the heels of the network canceling Sean Saves the World, starring another high profile actor, Will and Grace's Sean Hayes. (The final two filmed episodes of this sitcom will air sometime after the Olympics are over.)
But back to The Michael J. Fox Show
for a moment: executive producer Alex Reid is trying to make the point that the show isn't going away for good. "We're not in the same boat as Sean Saves the World
. We've got seven episodes that NBC likes and wants to air," he told Philly
Reid went on to say, "We were told last week that they were going to take us off the Thursdays schedule and they were trying to find a better place for us."
A spokesperson for NBC told Vulture
"is not cancelled. We are looking for a place on the schedule after April 3." Fans of the comedy shouldn't take this to mean the cancellation news is premature. It just means the network will most likely air the remaining episodes at a later date, but nothing more beyond that. NBC did commit to a 22-episode order, and all episodes have already been filmed, though seven have yet to air.
What is taking the place of these two comedies? Once the Olympics are over, the Jane Lynch-hosted Hollywood Game Night will take over
the Thursdays at 9pm timeslot.
But there's not all bad news on the Michael J. Fox front. The actor has just signed on to return to The Good Wife.
According to TVLine
, he will be reprising his role as Louis Canning, and it's likely he'll continue to butt heads with Alicia. Fortunately, he's not stopping by for just one episode. In fact, he's set to appear in multiple episodes toward the end of the current season.
During CBS's Television Critics Association press tour event in January, creator Robert King said, "We're trying to make that work [for Fox to return], because he finished filming [The Michael J. Fox Show], so it looks like we're going to get a chance to get him back."
The Good Wife season 5 continues on Sunday, March 9 at 9pm on CBS.
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