When Michael J. Fox took his seat at the Beverly Hills Hotel in March 2012, he already had made up his mind. The beloved actor, who was sidelined by Parkinson’s more than a decade earlier, was ready to return to series TV, and his lunch companion on that day, Will Gluck, would be his producer.
Their art-imitates-life pitch, about a father with Parkinson’s who decides to go back to work, drew offers from every broadcast network, but none as jaw-dropping as NBC’s: 22 episodes, guaranteed on the air. In the months that followed, the media hype surrounding The Michael J. Fox Show was accompanied by concerns: Was Fox up for the grueling schedule? Would viewers feel comfortable laughing at a TV icon with a degenerative disease?…
…Here, the eternally optimistic Fox, 52, reflects on his yearlong journey. (More @ The Hollywood Reporter)
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