Michael J. Fox will play Mike Henry, who leaves his job as a news anchor after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, in the new NBC sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show. The pilot episode of the show will address the disease the actor faces in real life, but the remaining episodes won’t necessarily keep Parkinson’s in the spotlight.
“There’s nothing horrible on the surface about someone with a shaky hand. The way I look at it, sometimes it’s frustrating, sometimes it’s funny. I need to look at it that way,” Fox says. The family sitcom will run on Thursdays, beginning this September.