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UPDATE: Golden Globes: E!’s Idea Of A Michael J. Fox Fun Fact

By | Sunday January 12, 2014 @ 7:15pm PST

E FoxUPDATE, 7:15 PM: E! has responded to the Michael J. Fox graphic it put up during the Golden Globes preshow: “We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline live stream.  We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”

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PREVIOUS: The folks at E! probably wish they could go back to the future to undo this. During its endless coverage of the Golden Globes red carpet tonight, this unfortunate graphic popped up on the screen:

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Artios Awards: ‘Argo’, ‘House Of Cards’ Among Casting Winners

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 6:15am PST

The Casting Society of America’s 29th annual Artios Awards celebrating outstanding achievement in casting were handed out last night in simultaneous ceremonies in LA and NY. On the West Coast, CBS Entertainment boss Nina Tassler received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Linda Lowy the Hoyt Bowers Awards, while Michael J Fox was given the New York Apple Award. Here are this year’s winners in categories covering film, TV and stage:

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2013 ARTIOS AWARDS WINNERS

Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting), Jason Loftus (Location Casting)

Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Argo,” Lora Kennedy

Feature – Studio or Independent – Comedy
“Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate) Read More »

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Makes NBC Primetime Comedy Debut Tonight Ahead Of Sunday Beltway Show Blitz: Video

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 3:20pm PST

Newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this week’s prettiest dress in the shop — is set to appear on virtually every Sunday Beltway show this weekend AND make his sitcom debut tonight in that long-awaited guest-starring gig on NBC‘s The Michael J. Fox Show.

Throw your mind back to summer TV Press Tour 2013, when NBC’s Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt prattled on happily about this Hillary Clinton miniseries he was developing, little knowing that weeks of GOP fulminating later, there would be this loud pop, and the air would be filled with mangled fragments of that project. That same day at the press tour, folks involved with the network’s new comedy series The Michael J. Fox Show announced presumed 2016 GOP presidential candidate Christie would appear on the series, playing himself, being interviewed by Fox’s local-newscaster character, who falls asleep just as Gov. Christie decides on air,  “I think I should make an announcement.”

TV critics were told back then the appearance would air at some point.

That time is now.

NBC was careful not to air the episode, or talk about it much, until after Christie won re-election this past Tuesday in a walk-over. Christie did likewise, telling the press he did not know when the episode would air, and downplaying the appearance with a gag about their being “no chance of me getting my Screen Actors Guild card anytime soon.” Read More »

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Casting Society To Honor Nina Tassler, Michael J. Fox

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

The Casting Society of America will present its Career Achievement Award to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler during its 29th annual Artios Awards, set for November 18 at ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. The CSA also is honoring Linda Lowy with the Hoyt Bowers Award and Michael J. Fox with its New York Apple Award.

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Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin To Play ‘Michael J. Fox’ Parents; Christina Chang Recurs On ‘Nashville’

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 8:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Meet Michael J. Fox’s new TV parents: Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin, have been tapped for guest/potential recurring roles on Fox’s new NBC comedy series. He stars in The Michael J. Fox Show as popular New York news anchor Mike Henry, who returns to work after years as a stay-at-home dad following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. On Fox’s previous NBC series, Family Ties (1982-89), his parents were played by Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross. Grodin next will film the feature While We’re Young, playing Naomi Watts’ father.

Christina Chang (CSI: Miami) has been cast in a recurring role on the ABC drama series Nashville. She will play Deacon’s (Charles Esten) lawyer (and maybe something more). She is managed by Silver Lining.

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TCA: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Puts Michael J. Fox To Sleep

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 12:25pm PDT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – the darling of NBC, having recently appeared on Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – appears in an upcoming episode of NBC’s new Michael J. Fox comedy series but immediately puts Fox to sleep, the actor explained this morning. Fox plays a version of himself on The Michael J. Fox Show – a well-known, much-loved personality, suffering from Parkinson’s Disease living in Manhattan. Except his Michael Henry character isn’t a beloved former TV comedy and movie actor — he’s a local newscaster. In one of the early episodes, Henry lands a big interview with Christie but, having been up a couple days straight, falls asleep in the first moments of the interview.

Henry works at the NBC owned-and-operated station in the country’s No. 1 market. Fox explained at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 this morning that the show creators were looking for a way to have the character be “recognizable, but not make him an actor or an athlete – an actor would be boring and athlete would be impossible.”

Henry works at the NBC station because “a fictional television network didn’t give us 22 episodes,” series co-creator/exec producer Will Gluck joked-but-not-really. Struggling Today Show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are featured in the pilot – and they could show up going forward said Fox, in which case the show would be “not doing it to save them” but to service the primetime show, that’s been given a plum Thursday timeslot. Fox, who stepped down from his last TV series starring role, on ABC’s Spin City when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, said that coming back to the work schedule “I knew one of two things would happen: either I was going to atrophy as I went on in the year, or rebuild the muscles. And I’m finding I’m rebuilding the muscles. I’m more comfortable with the schedule every week.” Read More »

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Michael J. Fox On The Passing Of Gary David Goldberg

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 12:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Michael J. Fox was a fresh-faced 20-year-old Canadian actor when he was cast in NBC’s comedy series Family Ties. Series creator Gary David Goldberg initially was not sold on Fox but quickly embraced him and then got him to topline his next series, Spin City. Both shows had long runs and turned Fox into a TV icon. Today, Fox is reflecting on the death of another TV great, Goldberg, who passed away yesterday at age 68, leaving behind his wife Diana and two grown daughters.

With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly. Love to Diana and all of Gary’s family.

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Alex Reid Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV, Will Co-Run Michael J. Fox’s NBC Series

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 12:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning comedy writer-producer Alex Reid has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, which starts June 1, Reid will be joining the studio’s new NBC comedy series starring Michael J. Fox as executive producer. On the untitled project, which has a 22-episode order, Reid will serve as co-showrunner alongside creator Sam Laybourne. Reid, Laybourne and Will Gluck, who directed the pilot, will executive produce, with Richard Schwartz co-executive producing. Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment co-produces the series, loosely based on Fox’s life, with Sony TV. It stars Fox as a husband and father of three in New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges — including Parkinson’s disease. Reid’s overall deal also calls for him to develop new projects, though he will initially focus exclusively on the Michael J. Fox series. Reid, who is finishing up a deal at Universal TV, most recently served as co-executive producer/director on the NBC/Uni TV comedy series Up All Night, reuniting with star Christina Applegate after serving in the same capacity on the actress’ previous series, ABC’s Samantha Who? Read More »

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Betsy Brandt To Star In Michael J. Fox’s NBC Series Produced By Will Gluck

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

As AMC’s dark drama Breaking Bad is wrapping its final season, co-star Betsy Brandt is segueing to a new series, this time on the comedy side. Brandt is set as the female lead opposite Michael J. Fox on his NBC comedy, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and producer-director Will Gluck, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local NY station, Mike decides to go back to work after Parkinson’s forced him to take time off. Brandt, repped by TalentWorks and Patty Woo Management, will play Mike’s tough and loyal wife who works at their daughter’s high school. Her casting in the project required scheduling adjustments as Breaking Bad is currently filming its final episodes in Albuquerque, NM, while the Michael J. Fox show is slated to begin production at the end of next week in New York. It helped that both series are produced by Sony TV. On the pilot, directed by Gluck, Brandt joins Fox, Wendell Pierce, Katie Finneran, Conor Romero and Jack Gore.

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Katie Finneran To Co-Star In Michael J. Fox’s NBC Series Produced By Will Gluck

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 8:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

I Hate My Teenage Daughter lead Katie Finneran has landed a co-starring role on Michael J. Fox’s NBC comedy series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and producer-director Will Gluck, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local station in NY, Mike decides to go back to work after a new medication helps him manage the effects of his illness. Finneran will play Mike’s narcissistic, single and jobless sister. Also cast in the series are Conor Romero as Mike’s college dropout son who recently returned home, and Jack Gore as his younger, 7-year-old son. Read More »

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Wendell Pierce To Co-Star In Michael J. Fox’s NBC Series Produced By Will Gluck

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

With Treme wrapping production on its five-episode fourth and final season, co-star Wendell Pierce has set up his next regular series gig – a co-starring role opposite Michael J. Fox on Fox’s NBC comedy series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and Will Gluck’s company, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s Disease. Former lead anchor for a local station in New York City, Mike decides to go back to work after Parkinson’s forced him to take time off. Pierce will play Mike’s boss Harris, a slick, twice divorced man. I hear Pierce was actually the prototype for the role. The series was co-created by Sam Laybourne and Will Gluck, with Gluck expected to direct the pilot.

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NBC Lands Michael J. Fox’s Family Comedy Produced By Will Gluck With Series Order

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 3:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: In a competitive situation, Michael J. Fox’s new family comedy project has landed at the same network that aired the family comedy which made him a household name 30 years ago, Family Ties. NBC nabbed the untitled single-camera comedy co-created by Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and Will Gluck with an 22-episode series order for fall 2013 premiere. The setup for the Sony TV-produced comedy, loosely based on Fox’s real life, has him play a husband and father of three in New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges – including Parkinson’s Disease. (Fox, himself a father of four, has Parkinson’s and lives with his family in New York where the series will be filmed.) The pitch went to all four major broadcast networks last week, with ABC, NBC and CBS in hot pursuit. NBC outbid the other networks by offering an on-air full-season episodic pickup that the TV business had not seen in years. (NBC also agreed to shoot the series in Fox’s native New York, which is extremely rare for a comedy series. The only other half-hour series filmed in New York is NBC’s departing 30 Rock.) “From the moment we met with Michael to hear his unique point of view about this new show, we were completely captivated and on board,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “He is utterly relatable, optimistic, and in a class by himself, and I have no … Read More »

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Michael J. Fox Eyes Family Comedy Return

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 1:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Thirty years after the premiere of Family Ties, Michael J. Fox is returning to the family comedy genre, this time as the dad. Fox is attached to star in a single-camera comedy project from writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and producer Will Gluck, which is garnering strong interest from multiple networks. I hear the setup for the Sony TV-produced project, inspired by Fox’s real life, has him play a dad who has an illness. (Fox, himself a father of four, has Parkinson’s.) The pitch, first reported by Vulture, has gone out to all four major broadcast networks, with ABC, NBC and CBS in hot pursuit.

Fox first flirted with returning to TV comedy full-time last development season when he had conversations with ABC Studios but the project never materialized. The idea of a new Michael J. Fox comedy series picked up steam when the actor met with Gluck. The two hit it off, and Gluck introduced Fox to Laybourne. Gluck and Laybourne have been close friends since Laybourne worked as a writer on Gluck’s Fox series The Loop, with the two said to share similar sensibilities. Laybourne has worked on feature projects for Gluck, including Rehab, and has signed a script deal with Sony TV for a comedy to be produced by Gluck’s Sony TV-based company. That pact led to Laybourne’s involvement in the Michael J. Fox project.

Fox left his last series starring role on ABC’s Spin Read More »

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‘Back To The Future’ Heading To Broadway?

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 9:34am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Will Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 classic Back To The Future become the latest film to get a Broadway stage production? I’m told that Zemeckis is in early talks with his co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri to explore a stage transfer. A stage musical would be an intriguing way to reintroduce a franchise which, over three films, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. Zemeckis’ ImageMovers would be involved if this goes forward. The time travel film, which starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, holds up as well as the other live-action films Zemeckis directed. I’m still pissed that Universal scrapped the theme park ride based on the film. Silvestri, by the way, composed the music for such Zemeckis films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and Cast Away.

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Michael J. Fox Recreates ‘Back To The Future’ Teaser For Scream Awards Promo

Nellie Andreeva

It is officially Back to the Future week. A day after footage with Eric Stoltz as the original Marty McFly hit the web, Spike released a teaser for its upcoming Scream Awards that will feature a Back to the Future reunion celebrating the original film’s 25th anniversary and featuring cast members Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson and Elizabeth Shue (who co-starred in the sequels). The video is a frame-by-frame recreation of the 1985 teaser for the first Back to the Feature movie with Fox. (For the nostalgic, that teaser is under the Scream Awards promo). Except for the little tremor, Fox is still his boyish self.


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Michael J. Fox To Guest Star On ‘Good Wife’

Nellie Andreeva

It’s great to see Michael J. Fox back on TV. The former Spin City and Family Ties star has signed on to guest star on CBS’ legal drama The Good Wife next season. He will play Simon Canning, a shrewd and cynical litigator whom Alicia (Julianna Margulies) faces in a massive class action.  Canning is willing to use anything in court, including symptoms of his neurological condition, to create sympathy for his otherwise unsympathetic client: a giant pharmaceutical company.

Fox, who has Parkinson’s rarely does acting gigs. In the past 5 years, he has only done 2: arcs on Boston Legal and Rescue Me. Both earned him Emmy noms, and he won for Rescue Me last year. I bet he will get another nom for Good Wife next year.

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