The Michael J. Fox Show

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America is built on underdog, comeback stories. This is one that I found that really made me smile. Not that Michael J. Fox is an underdog but this definitely would be a comeback to TV. Remember when he disclosed that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease back in 1999? It seemed as though his on-camera acting career was over. He semi-retired in 2000, to do voiceover work, write books, and promote The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

As of late, Fox has stepped back into acting, playing characters that address his disability directly instead of trying to work around it. He played himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm, with Larry worrying that Fox was exploiting his Parkinson’s to manipulate those around him. On The Good Wife, he recurs as lawyer Louis Canning, who has another neurological disorder he uses to his advantage.

And now Fox takes on a starring role in the upcoming NBC sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show.  The series seems to follow Mike Henry returning to work after leaving his job due to complications from Parkinson’s. I was thinking it may be an unintentional tear jerker watching Fox play the role, but it's actually quite funny! Based on the trailer it seems as though the sitcom is on to something. If it can continue to use the humor in disability as a fact of life, they just may have gold. To me, in doing this, Fox is able to be a hero not just to the Parkinson's community but anyone with a disability or what seems like bad odds against them in achieving something. That courage is awesome and worthy of celebration!

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.