Quogue resident Michael J. Fox returns to prime time on Thursday with his new NBC sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show.
In the show, Fox plays a beloved New York City news anchor, Mike Henry, who has put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease—an affliction with which the actor actually suffers. But five years after taking a break from TV news, Mike’s children are older and he’s considering returning to work. Having never wanted him to leave in the first place, Mike’s old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce of HBO’s Treme and The Wire) jumps at the chance to get him back on TV.
After some slick moves by Harris and Mike’s family, who are eager to see him working, the anchor gets back to business, juggling home, family and career, like the old days. Betsy Brandt (Hank’s wife on Breaking Bad), Conor Romero (American Gangster), Juliette Goglia (Easy A), Jack Gore and Katie Finneran (I Hate My Teenage Daughter) also star.
He serves as executive producer along with executive producer/writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and executive producer/director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits). Fox, of course, became a beloved international icon after performances on Family Ties, Spin City and the Back to the Future film series, to name just a few of his many credits. He also played a drug-addled paraplegic in a guest role alongside Denis Leary in the popular and critically acclaimed television hit Rescue Me.
Obviously the show closely mirrors Fox’s actual life and difficulties since his Parkinson’s diagnosis and it looks like some of the jokes may be pulled from his own experiences.
Watch the preview below and then tune in to the special one-hour premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show at 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 on NBC.