Anne Heche Sticks With NBC, Joins 'The Michael J Fox Show'
New fall comedy ‘The Michael J Fox Show’ will feature Anne Heche in multiple episodes of the first season. Heche will play character Susan Rodriguez-Jones, a newly hired news anchor for NBC 4, who used to be Fox’s producer. The two have a history and they will no doubt butt heads as Fox’s character tries to re-establish his role as a news correspondent for the station.
The show is about Fox’s character (Mike Henry), a well-liked newsman from New York who has been off the air for five years. During his leave, he has tried to manage his Parkinson’s disease. The first episode premieres on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC, and will be centered around Mike’s return to the news world.
Much like Fox’s appearance on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’—and his own sense of humor as shown in books and interviews—the show does not shy away from Parkinson’s jokes. The trailer (shown below) includes a few of these jokes.
Heche brings her Emmy-winning experience to the role. Her most recent project with NBC was the show ‘Save Me,’ which was perhaps unlucky: due to a tumultuous production, 'Save Me's showrunner made quite an early departure.
Her character in Fox's show is described by Entertainment Weekly as being “sharp, savvy and tough-as-nails.” We will need to wait and see how Susan Rodriguez-Jones reacts to Mike Henry stealing some of her limelight.
Do you think Heche will play well off of Fox in this type of role?