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!