One of the most highly anticipated new comedies of the 2013-2014 season has to be NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show.' The series marks Fox's long-awaited return to television, and will be the actor's first leading role of any kind since his Parkinson's symptoms forced him to leave ABC's 'Spin City' in 2000. Since that time, the former Marty McFly has appeared in memorable guest roles on shows such as 'Scrubs,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Rescue Me,' and 'Boston Legal,' but has never assumed the position of a series regular. Until now.
'The Michael J. Fox Show's partly autobiographical premise features Fox as a formerly prominent NYC news anchor named Mike Henry. Years after his battle with Parkinson's forced him off the air, Henry decides to suddenly come out of retirement, only to find out that today's world of TV news is quite different than the one he left behind. Mike also struggles to balance his family responsibilities with his newly resurrected career, and we now have two more names to add to the Henry clan.
Hollywood veterans Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin have signed on to guest star (and possibly recur) as Mike's parents, adding to a cast that already includes 'Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt as Fox's wife, 'Wonderfalls' Katie Finnernan as his sister, and 'The Wire's Wendell Pierce as his boss at the TV station. Anne Heche will also play a supporting role as the news anchor who has since replaced Henry.
Bergen is best known for her portrayal of the title character on the classic sitcom 'Murphy Brown' from 1988-1998, but has worked steadily in films and on shows like 'Boston Legal' and 'House' since then. Grodin is best known for his work in films like 'The Heartbreak Kid,' 'Midnight Run,' and the first two 'Beethoven' movies.
Are you excited for Michael J. Fox's return to TV? Do the additions of Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin increase the odds that you'll tune in to the series premiere?