Fox: Parkinson’s won’t be focus of comedy
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Michael J. Fox says Parkinson’s disease will not be a major storyline of his upcoming NBC comedy.
On “The Michael J. Fox Show,” the actor plays Mike Henry, a former local NBC newscaster with Parkinson’s, who left the business to spend more time with his family. The series begins when he decides to return to work now that his kids are older.
At Saturday’s Television Critics Association summer press tour, Fox said he didn’t think about how others with Parkinson’s would react to the show because he doesn’t “vet creative instinct.”
The premise of the show does have similarities to Fox’s real-life story. The actor left “Spin City” in 2000 as he tried different treatments and medications to treat Parkinson’s. He also used the opportunity to spend quality time with his four kids during their formative years.