The Michael J. Fox Show — Is disability a laughing matter?

Posted on: July 21st, 2013

I just saw a commercial for “The Michael J. Fox Show” which is part of the new fall line- up on NBC. Fox plays Mike Henry, a news anchor who had left his career to focus on his newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease. The comedy series’ premise is that Mike decides to return to work and must now juggle career and family along with his illness.
In real life, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 but did not go public with it until 1999. He left “Spin City” in 2000 to spend more time with his family. Fox has become an activist for research towards finding a cure for his disease.
I’ll be interested to see how the new show will portray life with a chronic illness. How will they weave disability jokes among the usual sit-com gags? Experts say that humor is good for the body and spirit, so why not?
Our own governor, Chris Christie, will have a cameo in one of the show’s fall episodes. I’ll leave that topic to some other blogger.

The “Michael J. For Show” will premier on September 26 at 9 PM on NBC.

New fall comedy tackles disabiity issues.

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