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NBC explains why it canceled 'Community'

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It was the ratings, of course. But NBC’s top entertainment executives went on record to give a little more insight into their decision-making process on canceling Community and The Michael J. Fox Show last season.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at his Television Critics Association press tour session in Beverly Hills on Sunday that the Community fandom’s “six seasons and a movie” mantra had nothing to do with the network.

“That sixth season thing was created by them — I’m surprised they didn’t say ’10 seasons and a movie,'” the executive said. “And [the mantra started] before my time [at NBC]. It didn’t just make sense for us to have another season of it at that level of audience.” READ FULL STORY

'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’

Brooke Shields to guest star on 'Michael J. Fox Show' in 2014

Brooke Shields as a hot cougar? We’ve heard crazier ideas.

EW has confirmed that Shields will appear on The Michael J. Fox for a three-episode arc beginning in 2014. Shields will play Deborah, a single mother who meets Mike’s 19-year-old son, Ian, at a ballroom dance class and sparks might fly. Like we said, we’ve heard crazier ideas.

'Breaking Bad': Betsy Brandt says 'The ending is good, it's really good'

Betsy Brandt may be devastated Breaking Bad is ending on Sunday, but there are upsides to her new job as Michael J. Fox’s wife on The Michael J. Fox Show. “[The Michael] show doesn’t make me physically ill, whereas I really thought I might throw up on Breaking Bad,” she explained to EW this week. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, my chest hurts. I don’t feel well, I don’t feel well.’ On Breaking Bad we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling, and on this show we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling and then I get to laugh when they are rolling too.”

It’s no surprise Brandt’s final moments as Marie Schrader weren’t upbeat. While she’s of course mum on the details of her final scene in Sunday’s finale, “I wasn’t thinking ‘Oh this is the end,'” she said of the filming. “I was thinking about the moment. But then after it was over I just thought, ‘Oh my God. That’s it.’ [And then] Bryan Cranston was there and he was standing out of my sight line off to the side just staring at me and holding his AK-47 [laughs] with like his Heisenberg killer look. It was very, very funny.” READ FULL STORY

Fall TV: Six toughest time slot battles (and which show will win)

It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.

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:
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At TCA, we want answers about 'Homeland,' 'American Horror Story: Coven,' 'Agents of SHIELD,' more

Summer is typically a pretty quiet time for TV fans, but July is full of television news, thanks to last weekend’s Comic-Con and today’s kickoff of the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

As entertainment reporters (including EW’s Inside TV team) settle in for two weeks of TCA presentations, we’re looking forward to the new and returning shows we didn’t catch up with down in San Diego, plus reminding you of all the great news we scooped up during our Comic-Con interviews. Stick with EW.com through Aug. 7 for everything you need to know about these shows and more:
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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:
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'Michael J. Fox Show' adds Anne Heche -- EXCLUSIVE

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NBC’s most high-profile new fall comedy is enlisting Anne Heche for a multi-episode arc.

The Michael J. Fox Show has signed the actress to play Susan Rodriguez-Jones, the new anchor at NBC 4, the New York station where Fox’s character Mike is returning to work as a corespondent after taking off five years while battling Parkinson’s. She’s described as a “sharp, savvy and tough-as-nails” anchor who was Mike’s producer many years ago when they worked together in Orlando. After a suspicious incident that involved “losing” Mike in the Everglades, they’ve had a rivalry ever since. Heche previously starred in the NBC sitcom Save Me and was a regular on HBO’s Hung and ABC’s Men in Trees.

Here’s the trailer for The Michael J. Fox Show, which will debut at 9 p.m. on Sept. 26 for a one-hour launch, and then shifts into its regular 9:30 p.m. slot. READ FULL STORY

NBC's Fall Schedule Announcement: A snap judgement

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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 MICHAEL J FOX SHOW
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.

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