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First Look: Michael J. Fox Mines Parkinson's for Laughs on New Show

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UpdatePosted 08/13/2013 02:45PM

Michael J. Fox Mines His Parkinson's Disease for Laughs on New NBC Show

Originally posted 08/13/2013 01:30PM

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.

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Michael J. Fox on the 'Family Ties' to His New Show

Michael J. Fox on the 'Family Ties' to His New Show

Originally posted 07/27/2013 06:15PM

Michael J. Fox's four kids might find some familiar scenes in their dad's new NBC sitcom, about a husband and father with Parkinson's disease who decides to go back to work after taking some time off.

"There are some things taken from [my] life," he tells reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

"For example, my youngest daughter, when she went to camp a couple of years ago, took us aside and said, 'I'm warning you, when I go camping and you see pictures on the Internet, I'm trying out a new smile.' And we transposed that to the daughter on the show, when she doesn't like the way she runs, so she rehearses a new running method. There's little snips and pieces of the experience of raising teenagers."

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PHOTO: How Michael J. Fox's Dog Celebrated the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup Win

PHOTO: How Michael J. Fox's Dog Celebrated the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup Win

Originally posted 06/25/2013 07:55PM

While the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated with the Stanley Cup on Monday, Michael J. Fox's dog, Gus, celebrated with something equally sweet in his bowl.

"Congrats to the Hawks ... this year's top dog," the actor Tweeted on Tuesday, sharing a photo of his pooch dining on a hockey puck-shaped treat emblazoned with the Blackhawks's logo.

Much like the Blackhawks's down-to-the-wire win against the Boston Bruins on Monday night, Gus's snapshot also caused a stir among Fox's followers – but for a different reason.

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Family Ties Creator Gary David Goldberg Dies at 68

Gary David Goldberg, Family Ties Creator, Dies at 68

Originally posted 06/24/2013 04:45PM

Gary David Goldberg, who created the 1980s sitcom hit Family Ties and expanded into feature films, has died.

Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday, days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported.

Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy Spin City, which in 1996 reunited him with Family Ties breakout star Michael J. Fox as the deputy mayor of New York City.

"With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend," Fox said in a statement on Monday. "He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly."

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NBC's Fall Lineup Includes The Michael J. Fox Show, Dracula (Video) | Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox at Center of NBC's Fall Lineup

Originally posted 05/13/2013 03:15PM

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, I would say these shows showed the most potential:

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Michael J. Fox's Standing O & More! Readers Tweet Top 3 Emmy Moments | Michael J. Fox

Emmys: People.com Readers Pick Their Favorite Moments!

Originally posted 09/24/2012 10:45AM

People.com compiled our top 5 favorite funny moments from the Emmys last night – and asked you for yours.

Here's a sampling of what you Tweeted kept you laughing (and crying) during the show.

1. Michael J. Fox Gets a Standing Ovation
In addition to the LOL moments, there was an incredibly touching one, too, when Michael J. Fox took the stage to present and drew a thundering standing ovation from his peers.

"Steady as a rock!" the actor, who's been battling Parkinson's Disease for two decades, told the crowd from the stage.

"The standing ovation for Michael J Fox give me chills, goosebumps and tears. best moment by far #emmymoment," Marla Merchut Tweeted.

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PHOTO: Michael J. Fox & Kids' Family Resemblance | Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox's Real Family Ties

Originally posted 11/14/2011 03:45PM

He made his name on the '80s show Family Ties, but Michael J. Fox's real relative connections were with him in New York at Saturday night's annual "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's" for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

At the event with the actor, 50, and his wife, Tracy Pollan, were their children: Sam, 22, and twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, 16.

"It's been an amazing ride," Fox, who refuses to let Parkinson's define him, said of his work with the foundation. "It took me a while to get that life is filled with wonderful possibilities, and when I did, it just exploded, so many good things started to happen."

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Michael J. Fox Refuses to Let Parkinson's Define Him | Michael J. Fox, Oprah Winfrey


Michael J. Fox Refuses to Let Parkinson's Define Him

Originally posted 03/30/2009 11:35AM

Michael J. Fox won't be slowed down by his Parkinson's disease, which he compares to an unruly child within.

"It's like having a 4-year-old climbing on you all the time," the star, 47, tells Oprah Winfrey on her show that airs Tuesday, "and so whatever you're trying to do, you've got this 4-year-old and you're … just trying to be patient and focus on what you need to do."

To show how he won't be held back, Fox dons a pair of skates and takes to the ice for a little hockey. Above all, the actor – who's promoting his new book, Always Looking Up – says that he refuses to let the disease pigeonhole him.

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COVER SNEAK PEEK: Michael J. Fox Never Giving Up Hope


COVER SNEAK PEEK: Michael J. Fox Never Giving Up Hope

Originally posted 11/28/2008 10:45PM

Ten years after shocking the world with the announcement that he has Parkinson's, Michael J. Fox is aggressively fighting the disease – and says he still sees a bright future ahead.

"Based on how I feel now," the star tells PEOPLE in its new issue, "I'll be okay for at least 10 more years."

Since leaving Spin City in 2000 – two years after revealing his Parkinson's diagnosis on the cover of PEOPLE magazine – Fox, 47, has been focused on raising his four kids with wife Tracy Pollan, 48, and helping The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research pour $140 million into fighting the disease.

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Ryan Reynolds Gets Marriage Advice from Michael J. Fox


Ryan Reynolds Gets Marriage Advice from Michael J. Fox

Originally posted 11/12/2008 09:40AM

In his first TV interview since his top-secret marriage to Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds stops by the Rachael Ray show Wednesday to talk marathons, munchies and marriage.

Having recently completed the New York City Marathon in honor of his father who suffers from Parkinson's disease, Reynolds, 32, brought along surprise guest Michael J. Fox to discuss the 26.2-mile ordeal.

When Ray asked about Reynolds's pre-race blogs – which chronicled his concern about nipple bleeding, a common affliction for marathoners thanks to the friction from their T-shirts – the Definitely, Maybe star gamely bantered back, "Thankfully all three nipples are fine."

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