Michael J. Fox has picked up his family ties with NBC and is returning this fall in a new comedy, which is loosely based on his own life and experience dealing with Parkinson’s. He sat down with “Access Hollywood” to talk about the show and his latest cover shoot — for AARP.
“I went from Teen Beat and Tiger Beat … to AARP. There’s some great tips about colon health!” laughs Fox.
But he goes on to talk about how he loves acting and so he just decided to go for it with his own sitcom.
“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,'” says Fox. “But it’s much more about right now. ‘What can I do right now?’ … 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 as-of-yet untitled comedy focuses on Fox’s character, who is a New York City news anchor who has taken time off to deal with Parkinson’s disease but wants to return to work. On the show, he’ll have two sons and a daughter, while in real life Fox and wife Tracy Pollen have a son and three daughters.
“It’s based loosely on my experiences. 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,” says Fox.
The comedy has a guaranteed slot in NBC’s 2013-14 schedule. Are you looking forward to Fox’s regular return to TV? We’ve certainly enjoyed his work on “The Good Wife” in recent years.