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'The Michael J. Fox Show' pulled from NBC schedule

UPDATE: Michael J. Fox’s TV hot streak seems to have ended: The Michael J. Fox Show has been pulled from the NBC schedule and replaced on Thursday night by Hollywood Game Night, EW confirmed Wednesday night.

The actor, who was on Family Ties in the ’80s and Spin City in the late ’90s, hasn’t yet made it through one season of his anticipated return to television; 15 of the show’s 22 episodes have played so far, and there’s no word yet when or if the rest will air. Sean Saves the World, which NBC had already announced was canceled, has also been pulled from the Thursday night lineup.

At last month’s Television Critics Association press tour, The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World were notably absent from NBC’s prime-time hype reel. At the time, network chairman Robert Greenblatt said he wasn’t happy with Fox‘s recent 0.6 adult demo rating, adding that the show faced an “uphill battle.”

UPDATE: Michael J. Fox returning to ‘The Good Wife’

E! apologizes to Michael J. Fox for Parkinson's 'fun fact'

The E! Entertainment network is apologizing to actor Michael J. Fox for an online graphic during its Golden Globes coverage that listed his Parkinson’s Disease as a “fun fact.”

The graphic was shown during E!’s live stream of red carpet coverage Sunday, although not on TV. As the actor was entering the Beverly Hills Hilton, the “fun fact” graphic noted Fox’s diagnosis in 1991. Fox was nominated for best actor in a comedy for his new NBC show.

The network said it regretted the insensitive remark. In its statement, E! said that “We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.

Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin cast as 'Michael J. Fox' parents

If you weren’t already interested enough in Michael J. Fox’s return to television, this might help: Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin have been cast to play his parents on NBC’s upcoming The Michael J. Fox Show, EW has confirmed.

Bergen, of course, is famous for her turns in Murphy Brown and, more recently, Boston Legal and House; Grodin starred as the father in the Beethoven movies and guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU last year. The pair will join Fox on the show in a guest/recurring-role capacity.

'The Michael J. Fox Show': Get a first look -- VIDEO

Michael J. Fox may star as an accomplished former news anchor and family man in NBC’s Michael J. Fox Show, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have aspirations to be anything else — like a superhero. The new first look at the fall comedy provides glimpses at the show’s offbeat humor, including a scene in which Mike wishes his medicine’s side effects were cooler, like “anything Aquaman does.”

The Michael J. Fox Show stars Fox as Mike Henry, a news anchor with Parkinson’s returning to work, and Breaking Bad‘s Betsy Brandt as his wife Annie Henry, relieved he’s finally getting out of the house. The show also features The Wire‘s Wendell Pierce as Henry’s former boss and new addition Anne Heche as anchor/nemesis Susan Rodriguez-Jones.

Check out the first look at the upcoming fall series:

NJ Governor Chris Christie to appear as himself on 'The Michael J. Fox Show'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appeared many times on late-night TV, including Saturday Night Live. Now he has scored his first gig on a sitcom.

His office on Monday confirmed a report in The Huffington Post that the Republican governor will appear as himself on an episode this fall of the new NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show.

Fox will be playing a sportscaster with Parkinson’s disease who is returning to work, much like Fox is an actor with Parkinson’s who is returning to series television.

The show premieres Sept. 26. NBC did not announce an air date for the Christie episode.

The governor is running for a second term. The election is Nov. 5.

Check out the trailer for The Michael J. Fox Show below:

Michael J. Fox remembers 'Family Ties' creator Gary David Goldberg

Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of Family Ties and Spin City, died Sunday at age 68. After working on the writing staffs of Lou Grant, The Tony Randall Show, and The Bob Newhart Show, Goldberg created Family Ties, starring Michael J. Fox, in 1982.

In a statement to EW about Goldberg’s death, Fox said, “With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit.  He changed my life profoundly. Love to [his wife] Diana and all of Gary’s family.”

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Gary David Goldberg, creator of 'Family Ties,' dies

Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of Family Ties and Spin City, died yesterday in Montecito, Calif. He was 68. Goldberg was an experienced TV writer of 1970s programs like Lou Grant, The Tony Randall Show, and The Bob Newhart Show when he built Family Ties in 1982 for NBC, basing the idealistic hippie parents played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter on himself and his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan. The show became an essential part of the network’s Thursday-night lineup — pairing with The Cosby Show for a time as TV’s two biggest shows — and made Michael J. Fox a huge star. READ FULL STORY

NBC's Fall Schedule Announcement: A snap judgement


You know that a network has stopped taking risks when they start billing Michael J. Fox as their biggest, buzziest star. Yes, the artist formerly known as Alex P. Keaton (and currently know as an Emmy-magnet guest star) will return to NBC this fall, right back where he started with Family Ties, to star in his new sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, which kicks off a whole new family-themed Thursday night. That means no more witty, career-minded single ladies and cult-movie-referencing twentysomethings on Must-See TV. (Parks and Recreation is still around, but it’s been moved to the 8:00 PM sudden-death time slot, opposite The Big Bang Theory.) Instead, we get Fox, alongside the blended-family comedy Welcome to the Family, and Sean Hayes starring as a divorced gay dad on Sean Saves the World, all capped off with an hour of Parenthood. Aiming squarely down the middle of American brows this year, NBC is also bringing back some recognizable faces from decades past (Fox! Blair Underwood for Ironside! James Spader for The Blacklist!), along with a certain brand of comedy that hasn’t changed much since that time. You want jokes about parents tricking their kids into eating vegetables? You’ve got it! You want something a little edgier? Go watch AMC.

The good news? Michael J. Fox’s new show comes from writer/executive producer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and co-stars the great Betsy Brandt, who brings such sad and funny suffering-wife pathos to the role of Marie on Breaking Bad. The bad news? Despite the fact that it was inspired by Fox’s real-life battle with Parkinson’s, it looks like any other bland, what-is-this-family-coming-to-if-we-can’t-sit-down-to-eat-dinner-together? comedy, and the teaser clip just isn’t that funny. Be warned: there will be kale jokes.


Connie Britton, Michael J. Fox, Giancarlo Esposito to present at Emmys

Stars of some new fall shows are set to present Emmys at the TV awards ceremony this weekend. Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito and Nashville‘s Connie Britton have joined the group of celebrities to take the stage at the Nokia Theater on Sunday. They also will be at the ceremony as nominees — Britton for American Horror Story and Esposito for Breaking Bad — along with fellow newly announced presenter Michael J. Fox, nominated for guest roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife.

Other presenters announced today include Ron Howard, Lucy Liu, Kiefer Sutherland and nominees Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, and Julianne Moore.

They join previously announced presenters Jon Cryer, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Emily Van Camp, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mindy Kaling, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

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Michael J. Fox honors 9/11 victims, raises money for relief charity

Michael J. Fox is doing his part to make the anniversary of 9/11 about helping others. The actor is spending Tuesday participating in the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund’s Charity Day, along with a host of other celebrities. Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial firm that lost 658 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, has marked the anniversary of that day by raising funds for charities; this year, more than 100 are expected to benefit.

“This is not necessarily a somber event; I think this is more of a celebration, a celebration of humanity, and an acknowledgement of the needs of the people in the community,” Fox said in a phone interview Monday. “On a day when so many were affected by so few in such a negative way, it’s a great way for so few … to help the wider community in kind of reverse — the energy of that day, the negative energy of that day, with a positive show of support for the community.” READ FULL STORY

Michael J. Fox set to star in new TV series inspired by real-life struggle with Parkinson's

It’s official: Michael J. Fox is indeed returning to series television.

NBC announced the news Monday afternoon, following unconfirmed reports about the project last week. The new series will be Fox’s first regular role on television since he departed Spin City in 2000 following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.

The as-yet-untitled show, pitched by Fox himself, is inspired by the Back to the Future actor’s own life – he plays a husband and father of three dealing with Parkinson’s. Will Gluck, who directed Friends with Benefits and Easy A, is on board to direct the pilot and executive produce. Also EPing is Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town, Arrested Development).

The series marks Fox’s return to NBC, where he shot into stardom as Alex P. Keaton, the endearingly over-achieving, staunchly Republican son of two hippie parents, on 1980s sitcom Family Ties. READ FULL STORY


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