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Wendell Pierce’s name isn’t on any ballot, but the 49-year-old New Orleans native has a politician’s uncanny ability to make everyone feel heard and appreciated. He’s quick with a teasing quip or an inspirational speech about the power of art. And on the set of The Michael J. Fox Show, on which he plays Fox’s boss, local-news director and ladies’ man Harris Green, he’s the most popular guy in the room. As he arrives to shoot a scene with co-star Juliette Goglia and guest Rob Delaney, you can sense the weary crew perk up a bit. Producers and lighting technicians stifle laughs as he improvises a little in each take: a Jack Lemmon–style necktie-tug; a Rat Pack finger-snap; a “Can you believe this guy?” eyebrow-raise. Pierce has a horrible, hacking cough today—thanks, he says, to a mix of seasonal allergies and too »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
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 »
Should a spouse support his or her partner unconditionally?
Such was the debate between Mike (Michael J. Fox) and Annie (Betsy Brandt) in "Teammates," Thursday's (Oct. 24) episode of NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show," resulting from Annie calling out a neighbor who pushed his way into their apartment building's elevator before they could get out.
The neighbor later cold-shoulders the eager-to-please Mike -- inspiring Mike to try to make amends by telling him Annie was "off her meds" during the elevator showdown. Annie then is surprised when the man greets her warmly, expressing compassion for her "bipolar disorder."
Mike doesn't choose the most advisable words by explaining to her, "I was just trying to clean up your ... ." And a mildly furious Annie finishes his sentence with, "Mess!," leading Mike to tell her she's sometimes "a little hard on people, and I have to smooth things over from time to time. »
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 »
Ah, that first step into the working world.
Eve (Juliette Goglia) takes it in "Interns," Thursday's (Oct. 17) episode of NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show." Mike (Michael J. Fox) arranges an internship for her at his TV station, reasoning he's doing "what any good dad would do: I forced her to be an unpaid laborer."
Though Eve wants Mike to "not treat me like a child" in the workplace, he hands her a lollipop as soon as they enter the newsroom. She's not any more heartened when boss Harris (Wendell Pierce) points out someone who's been an intern "for nine years."
To Mike's great chagrin, Eve finds an immediate mentor in his anchorwoman nemesis Susan (Anne Heche), with whom Mike was hoping to strike "a truce" from their mutual snark. The menial tasks Mike hands Eve make Susan's offer of "something more interesting to do" all the more attractive to the teen. »
Is Eve Henry the new Alex P. Keaton?
You might think so, based on the early going for Juliette Goglia's character on NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show," since she's proving herself wise beyond her years in the way Fox's politically minded Alex was on "Family Ties."
After becoming a video auteur and supporting a progressive new friend in the two premiere-night episodes, Eve shows a knack for photography -- alarmingly advanced photography as it turns out, at least in the eyes of Mike and Annie -- on Thursday's (Oct. 3) tale, "Art."
They're pleased about the more open personality Eve displays since taking an interest in photo-taking, until they discover her subject: nude men. They then take turns trying to steer her, gently, from that theme. Mike fails first, making an analogy to his old music-playing days that convinces Eve, "It's so great that you get it ... my art ... me! »
Welcome back, Michael J. Fox. I mean Mike Henry. No wait — welcome back, Michael J. Fox, and nice to meet you, Mike Henry. After appearing on other shows in guest stints and recurring roles, Fox is officially back to TV business as he leads his own single-camera comedy series, The Michael J. Fox Show.
Fox stars as his news reporter doppelganger, Mike Henry. Henry left work at New York City’s NBC News after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago. Now, Henry is thinking about returning to work, much to the delight of his family. Henry »
- Maricela Gonzalez
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: »
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 26, 2013 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This sitcom follows the story of Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox), one of New York's most beloved news anchors. Five years ago, he put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and to focus on his health after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
But now, with the kids growing up, Mike is growing restless. He thinks it might be time for him to go back to work.
His former boss, Harris Green (Wendell Pierce), never wanted Mike to leave in the first place »
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
Consider the types of parts Michael J. Fox has been playing in recent years.
Given his Emmy-winning work on "Rescue Me" and his recurring guest role on "The Good Wife" -- for which he's received three Emmy nominations thus far -- it should have come as no surprise the "Family Ties" and "Spin City" alum hit his Parkinson's-disease condition head-on in Thursday's (Sept. 26) premiere of his NBC sitcom "The Michael J. Fox Show."
His latest character, newly back-on-the-job New York TV newsman Mike Henry, also has Parkinson's. That fact, along with Fox's reasonably autobiographical approach to it, was integrated in numerous ways in the opening half-hour. Among them:
- As Mike explains his situation into a video camera operated by his daughter Eve (Juliette Goglia), she tells him, "Dad, you're moving too much."
- A flashback shows Mike's on-air "chair incident" before he left his job -- he slides out of camera range, »
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 »
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)
Early in “The Michael J. Fox Show,” the central character — who is not exactly Michael J. Fox, but close enough — tells his wife of an appearance on the “Today” show: “I’d just be a feel-good story to them.” And therein lies the nagging problem with a series that, given Fox’s heroic struggles against Parkinson’s disease, many people will be rooting for, and would cheer harder if only it were better. Having Fox back on NBC Thursday roughly 30 years later has a certain symmetry, but generating sustained interest in his comeback vehicle will require more than just good will.
The series does have fun with the meta aspects of Fox resisting a sympathy factor in plotting his return to TV — in the show as a local TV newsman in New York, where he has been nursing a longstanding (if apparently one-sided) rivalry with “Today’s” Matt Lauer. (Someone »
- Brian Lowry
Can Parkinson's disease be funny? Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, sure thinks so. "I have challenges that come with Parkinson's but my experience is to deal with things through humor," he explains in a first look at his much-anticipated new NBC show. The Michael J. Fox Show stars Fox, 52, as Mike Henry, a family-oriented New York news anchor who quits after his Parkinson's diagnosis. But much like the real-life Fox, Henry eventually decides to get back to work - although he doesn't want to make a big deal about it. "We both know if I come back, »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
The "Office" alum and longtime "Boston Legal" star returns to the spotlight on the Peacock network and this time, instead of upholding the law (albeit via blackmail, bribery and the like), he's breaking it. In NBC's upcoming series "The Blacklist," Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, the most wanted man in the world.
Check out Spader and his devilish ways below in NBC's new four-minute trailer for "The Blacklist", as well as two new preview clips, and scroll down for more previews and official descriptions of the new series on NBC's 2013-2014 schedule: the “Ironside" remake starring Blair Underwood, the new Mike O'Malley comedy "Welcome To The Family," Sean Hayes' return to sitcoms with "Sean Saves The World," and, of course, the highly-anticipated "Michael J. Fox Show."
"The Blacklist," Mondays at 10 p.m. Et
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, »
- Jaimie Etkin
In advance of its Upfront presentation next week, NBC has announced the pick-ups of siz new shows, a pair of dramas and four comedies.
Check out their rundowns below and then also take a look at the programs Fox has greelighted for 2013-2014...
Synopsis: Follows an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Synopsis: Examines what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy.
About a Boy (Comedy)
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
Also getting a green light are the Sean Hayes sitcom Sean Saves the World, DJ Nash’s Family Guide and Jason Katims’ comedy About a Boy. They join the previously-ordered Michael J. Fox Show and Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Dracula.
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Among the noteworthy pilots not getting the go-ahead from NBC: Hatfields & McCoys, The Gates and The Sixth Gun. (NBC’s complete development slate can be found here. »
- Michael Ausiello
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