Quite possibly the most high profile Parkie in the world (and almost certainly the most high profile Young Onset Parkie), Michael J. Fox is set to make a major return to acting. An article on the BBC describes how he is to star in a new situation comedy about a father of three who just happens to have Parkinson’s.
The sitcom is “loosely based on Fox’s own personal life”, as one might expect, given the subject matter. Fox began and ended the first phase of his career in sitcoms – from Family Ties (which I didn’t see) to Spin City (which I did), with one or two rather popular films in between. From Fox’s own autobiography, I know that sitcoms can be very hard work; it must seem a little daunting to the actor, but I imagine that he will find the process – and the end result – incredibly fulfilling.
The BBC article notes that
In May he told ABC News in the US that a new drug regimen had helped him control the tics that are a result of the disease and could allow him to take on more acting roles.
I must have missed that. I wonder what the new regimen is?
I also look forward to seeing the show when it is made and when it makes it to UK screens. The potential for increasing awareness with this project is immense; I hope that Fox – who appears to be well regarded in the TV industry – gets the calibre of co-star that he wants and that the show does well.