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If you can't live Christmas like a rock star, how about spending it with one?
That's Annie's (Betsy Brandt) intention for Mike (Golden Globe nominee Fox) in "Christmas," Thursday's (Dec. 12) obviously well-timed episode of NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show." Both spouses look forward to their gift exchange on Christmas Eve, maintaining their yearly tradition of trying to give the other the present with the "most 'wow' factor."
At the TV station, though, Harris (Wendell Pierce) puts a damper on the occasion. He informs Mike -- who needs to pick up a gold turtle charm necklace for Annie, having given the first one he bought to his producer Kay (Ana Noguiera) at the last minute -- that Mike has to substitute-anchor for nemesis Susan, who's called in sick.
Mike does his best to beg off, but to no avail since Harris reminds him he's "contractually obligated" to fill in. Mike »
Michael J. Fox has new television "parents," and they probably look pretty familiar.
Almost 40 years after they starred in the movie "11 Harrowhouse," Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin reunited as Beth and Steve Henry in "Thanksgiving," Thursday's (Nov. 21) seasonal episode of NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show." And the couple's presence made things ... well, interesting for Mike (Fox) and others.
His sister Leigh (Katie Finneran) is especially on edge, feeling she's the target of her mother's constant criticism. To save humiliation, she never revealed she didn't go to Portland with a boyfriend as planned, since they'd broken up before the move -- and she decides to fly to Atlanta before her parents arrive.
Oops: The parents show up six hours earlier than scheduled. The bear hug Mike gets from his overenthusiastic dad is offset by his more reserved mom's dry greeting to Leigh, who doesn't quite make it as she tries »
Guess who's coming to Thanksgiving dinner?
Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin, at least in terms of "The Michael J. Fox Show." The veteran performers reunite -- long after being teamed in the 1974 crime-caper movie "11 Harrowhouse" -- as Mike's (Fox) parents in Thursday's (Nov. 21) episode of the NBC sitcom, appropriately titled "Thanksgiving."
The holiday visit doesn't exactly run smoothly: While TV newsman Mike is trying to make the sort of connection he's never had with his dad, sister Leigh (Katie Finneran) has ongoing issues with Mom, who's something of a control freak.
"I think that's a tactful way of putting it," Bergen tells Zap2it. Famous for playing a TV journalist herself on "Murphy Brown," she had fun portraying Mike's mother "after I kind of found my way, but she's the mother from hell, basically. No one stands a chance next to her.
"It was a very nice set to be on, »
Juliette Goglia didn't just land a job when she was cast as Eve Henry on The Michael J. Fox Show, she scored a surrogate family -- and an elite acting one at that. Her "father" is Michael J. Fox, her "mother" is Breaking Bad alum Betsy Brandt and her "aunt" is two-time Tony winner Katie Finnernan. So to say talent runs deep on the set of NBC's family dramedy would be an understatement. It would also be downplaying the experience to say it's been the best of Juliette's life thus far.
ETonline: How have your hopes for this show compared to the reality of actually working on it?
Juliette Goglia: It was such an exciting moment being cast in this project because I'd heard about it for a few months before I even got to audition. I was so interested, obviously because of Michael -- I've been a fan of his since I was a toddler »
Now that FX has ordered a fourth season of American Horror Story, EW reports that Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are likely to return. Ryan Murphy says he has invited both performers to return and both are eager to return. Click on the link to find out about the bonkers gift basket Bates sent to the Ahs writers.
Yes. Just yes.
In an interview with NPR, creator Shonda Rhimes says she doesn’t expect Scandal to have a long run like Grey’s Anatomy since she has an end in mind for Scandal. “I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told … I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that.”
- Lyle Masaki
Who was the mystery guest teased in ads for "The Michael J. Fox Show" as being so top-secret, NBC's legal department supposedly ordered no advance mention?
It actually wasn't such a secret ... at least not to those who have been keeping tabs on the sitcom's casting. Thursday's (Nov. 7) episode "Bed Bugs" revealed the guest in question was newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose exact date of appearance on the show had been kept mum until his bid for a second term was complete.
Actually, he wasn't the first interview TV newsman Mike (Fox) had in the story. First was a cat ... yes, a cat. Harris (Wendell Pierce) handed the feline to Mike, who lamented not having the big newsmaker interviews he used to do. The boss promised him that for next time, "We'll get you something good."
Guess what or, rather, who that turned out to be? Indeed, »
Catch 2 new clips from the Teammates episode of NBC's The Michael J. Show which airs on October 24th at 9:30 p.m. Here, Annie (Betsy Brandt) learns that Mike (Michael J. Fox) has apologized to a stranger for her hot-headed behavior and demands that he be more of a “team player." Harris (Wendell Pierce) hosts an office karaoke party. Leigh (Katie Finneran) adopts a puppy with good intentions, but Eve (Juliette Goglia) is left in charge. Meanwhile, Ian (Conor Romero), still stuck in Graham's (Jack Gore) tiny old bedroom, tries to convince his brother to switch back. »
Michael J. Fox has starred in two hit sitcoms over the years -- Family Ties and Spin City. Will The Michael J. Fox Show be a ratings success as well or, will it be cancelled after one season like so many other shows? We shall see.
Loosely mirroring Fox's own journey, The Michael J. Fox Show revolves around a beloved TV news anchor (Fox) who stepped away from his career to focus on his family and his health after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The rest of the cast includes Betsy Brandt, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Katie Finneran, Wendell Pierce, Ana Nogueira, and Jack Gore.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes »
After debuting on Us television in March 2004, Wonderfalls was abruptly pulled from the schedules only four weeks later. However like all good TV shows – and believe me this is a Great show – the series found itself a cult audience, one who would find any way of seeing the remaining nine episodes that were not screened on American television. Of course not all countries and and all TV stations cut off the show after four episodes and eventually all thirteen episodes became available via less-than-legal torrents and file sharing services. But something else happened… The small, but very vocal, loyal fanbase that had built up around the show in such a short space of time got so loud that Fox actually released the entire thirteen episode series on DVD less »
- Phil Wheat
Michael J. Fox returns to NBC tonight on a brand new sitcom -- not surprisingly called The Michael J. Fox Show. He's had two long-running and successful sitcoms -- Family Ties and Spin City -- but will this one be ratings hit as well? Is it worth watching?
The Michael J. Fox revolves around Mike Henry (Fox), a popular New York news anchor who stepped out of the limelight five years ago after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Now, he thinks it might be a good time to go back to work. His old boss sees his return as a ratings-getter and his family is happy to get him out of the house. The rest of the cast includes Betsy Brandt, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Katie Finneran, Wendell Pierce, Ana Nogueira, and Jack Gore.
Sound interesting? Here's what some of the critics are saying: »
There’s a point in Thursday’s premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show (9/8c) where Fox, as former local news anchor Mike Henry, contemplates a return to the medium he left after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease years before.
- Kimberly Roots
There's a reason Michael J. Fox is a TV legend. Tonight, Fox makes his return to primetime TV with The Michael J. Fox Show on NBC. The series has a lot of promise, mostly stemming from Fox's uncanny ability to light up any screen he's on, but we're a little worried that the show won't figure out what it is in time for viewers to catch on completely. The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. (with the second episode airing immediately after) Time-Slot Competition: The Crazy Ones (CBS), Glee (Fox), Grey's Anatomy (ABC) Cast: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Juliette Goglia, Katie Finneran, Wendell Pierce Status: We've seen the »
No one ever can accuse Michael J. Fox of not dealing with his life head-on.
The five-time Emmy winner is following a succession of notable guest stints -- on "Rescue Me" (for which he earned his most recent Emmy), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Good Wife" -- by getting back into the series game full time. Premiering Thursday, Sept. 26, NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show" casts him as Mike Henry, a New York television reporter who shares Fox's Parkinson's disease and resumes his job after five years off.
Mike's return to the work force is applauded by his wife (Betsy Brandt, "Breaking Bad") and children, particularly the daughter (Juliette Goglia) who's documenting the situation on video for a school project. As nice as he finds it to be cheered by his fans on the streets of Manhattan, Mike still runs into personal and professional challenges that include his ongoing rivalry »
Betsy Brandt knows how lucky she is.
She’s part of Breaking Bad, which just won the Best Drama Emmy and wraps up its successful run this Sunday. And she’s now playing the wife of Michael J. Fox in the actor’s high profile return to the sitcom world in The Michael J Fox Show, which debuts tonight. Not too shabbyy, right?
I sat down with the vivacious Brandt recently to talk about the different roles in two very different series, along with whether she misses her Breaking Bad character. Read on for excerpts from our Q&A...
TV Fanatic: So, obvious question, you’re going from Marie to Annie, from drama to comedy. Has it been a fluid adjustment for you?
Betsy Brandt: It’s been great. I mean, it’s new. Yeah, it’s totally scary. It’s scary enough to be perfect. Like, you should be doing something new. »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
Chicago – Seriously, if “The Michael J. Fox Show” doesn’t connect with NBC’s target audience, they might as well give up. Yes, the show could use a stronger lead-in but it pairs well with “Parenthood,” also returning tomorrow night, September 26, 2013, and it’s the most straight-up likable new sitcom of the season. The first episode is a bit rocky and overly self-referential but it settles in nicely over the next two and already looks like it could be on for years.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox) is a beloved TV icon who was forced to stop his star from rising in the New York news scene when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Get it? Kind of like the guy who plays him? Just like Fox, it’s now time for Henry to come back into the spotlight. It’s been five years since Henry was »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
NBC, at one time a bastion of network comedy, is now down to one two-hour comedy block each week, and with The Office now off the air, they’re hoping at least one of these new sitcoms will find an audience, or at least the critical buzz of Parks and Recreation. The first to premiere will be the much-anticipated return to weekly network TV of Michael J. Fox.
The Michael J. Fox Show, “Pilot”
Directed by Will Gluck
Airs Thursdays at 9pm Est on NBC
One of the most buzzed about new series this fall is The Michael J. Fox Show, premiering with two episodes on Sept. 26th and starring Michael J. Fox as a beloved former New York newscaster who returns to work after retiring to focus on his health after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The show was »
- Kate Kulzick
Fall 2013 New Shows: Comedy — A preview of the new comedy TV series coming in the fall 2013 season. (All times Eastern/Pacific) The Michael J. Fox Show NBC Premieres: Sept. 26 at 9pm Airs: Thursdays at 9:30pm Who’s In It? Michael J. Fox, Wendell Pierce, Katie Finneran, Jack Gore, Betsy Brandt What’s It All About? Here’s the first thing you need to know about Fox’s long-awaited, warmly funny new sitcom: Fox stars as a husband and father of three with a particular affliction that affects his entire family. He’s worn out his welcome as a stay-at-home dad. If you [...]
The post Fall 2013 New Shows: Comedy appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
Anne Marie here to talk about the latest movie musical news. It’s official: Cameron Diaz will be the Miss Hannigan to Quvenzhané Wallis’s Little Orphan Annie in Will Smith’s Annie remake. Sandra Bullock turned it down so Diaz joins a brassy line of comediennes who've played this role including Dorothy Loudon, Betty Hutton, Carol Burnett, Nell Carter, Kathy Bates, Katie Finneran and most recently Jane Lynch in her Broadway musical debut.
Accusations of stunt casting have already echoed through Hollywood and Broadway, but how true are they?
While the decision to cast an otherwise musically-untested star like Diaz (Her singing in The Mask was dubbed) may smack a bit of stunt casting, Diaz certainly has the comedic background to fulfill the terrifying-but-hilarious shoes of the booze-soaked orphanage matron. Cameron Diaz has shown all throughout »
- Anne Marie
6 June 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
New York – Playing the decidedly unmaternal orphanage den mother Miss Hannigan in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Annie, Jane Lynch drops her voice to a bone-chilling whisper during her character’s signature lament, “Little Girls,” bemoaning, “Everywhere I turn I can see them.” That wickedly funny moment conjures vivid thoughts of Haley Joel Osment seeing dead people. But the parallels with Lynch’s misanthropic cheerleading coach on Glee, Sue Sylvester, also contribute to make this an inspired substitute casting choice in a 2012 production that otherwise shows signs of fatigue. Lynch steps in for Katie Finneran, a
- David Rooney
Advertisers were given their first big glimpse of the fall TV schedule Monday as NBC launched the annual Upfront Week in Manhattan. The upfronts are lavish (and longish) network presentations staged for the ad community with the hope of vacuuming up all their money with the promise of great, popular shows. The truth is, of course, that few shows manage to be great and/or popular. One could even call this a sad truth. But, to be philosophical, nothing ventured, nothing gained - and NBC could use some gaining. After applying advanced critical theorem to the brief clips presented at Radio City Music Hall, »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic
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