Tags: michael j. fox | coming back | tv | parkinsons

Michael J. Fox Coming Back to Comedy TV, Show Based on Life With Parkinson’s

Image: Michael J. Fox Coming Back to Comedy TV, Show Based on Life With Parkinson’s Michael J. Fox, left, and actress Juliette Goglia filming a new NBC comedy series on location in New York City, February 1, 2013.

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 07:38 AM

By Alexander Ward

Michael J. Fox is returning to NBC this fall with a new comedy based loosely on his own life experiences with Parkinson's disease.

Fox, 51, is returning to the network that made him famous — he starred in the '80s hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties" — with a new show about a New York anchorman whose life is turned upside down when he's diagnosed with Parkinson's, the neurological disorder Fox has battled for more than 20 years.

"It's based loosely on my experiences," Fox told Access Hollywood. "And I don't want to say too much because I don't want my kids to think every time a kid does something goofy on the show that it's a reflection on them."

Special: Should the Supreme Court Legalize Gay Marriage? Vote in Urgent Poll.

Fox said it would be impossible to create a show without addressing his personal struggles.

"Well, I don't have a choice… But my personal life — you can sit and project out and say, 'Oh, I'm going to have this and it's going to be like this and I won't be able to do that.' But it's much more about right now. 'What can I do right now?' Right?" he said. "I just thought, I love to do this and as much as anyone will let me do it and give me their time to do it — I should do it. And so, I'm doing it."

The show will be Fox's first full-time role on television since he left "Spin City" in 2001.

Fox learned he had Parkinson's in 1991, but didn’t go public with his diagnosis until 1999. He has since been a devoted advocate for research to find a cure for the illness. This month, he's teaming up with the famed Magnolia Bakery in New York City to raise money for his Michael J. Fox Foundation. The bakery has created a special cupcake to celebrate Parkinson's Awareness Month.

Urgent: Obama or GOP: Who’s to Blame for Budget Crisis? Vote Now

Related stories:

Michael J. Fox to Taylor Swift: Please Don't Date My Son Sam 

Michael J. Fox Named Honorary Doctor in Sweden  

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved