Michael J. Fox Plans Return with New Comedy Series

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  1. Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    He's been in outstanding in all the guest spots he's done since Spin City ended. With comedy back big time on the networks its the perfect time to come back! He's done single camera comedy guest spots on Scrubs and Curb Your Enthusiasm (how awesome was that episode?) but a multi-camera show would be a much easier schedule to work full time, so I'm a bit surprised it is single. That may rule out CBS but given the star power and it not allowing the other 3 networks from landing him CBS could order the comedy to series.
     
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    FOX will be kicking themselves if they don't land this. Michael J. Fox on FOX?!.... that practically markets itself. :o
     
  3. tzarinna Mamochka

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    I'm not sure I like this. It might be too much on his body to maintain the schedule he'd have to follow. Don't get me wrong, I'd watch it, I just wouldn't be surprised if he had to graciously bow out during production or mid season.
     
  4. Pink Ranger The North Remembers

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    Would it be really, really, wrong of me to make a joke about how ironic it is that Fox's new show is going to be in the shakey-cam format? :(
     
  5. THUNDERSTRIKE NOTORIOUS, INGLORIOUS, VICTORIOUS

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    uhh... yeah... naughtynaughty... *wags finger at you*
     
  6. danoyse Snikt. Stab. Repeat.

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    I think he knows better than anyone what he can and can't handle. And if he thinks this is something he can do...hell yes, let it happen! :awesome:
     
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    If you have to ask if it's wrong, it probably is.
     
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    I won't say anymore, but I have worked as a therapist and worked with folks with Parkinson's and various debilitating ailments. I hope for the best for him.
     
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    Anything wih MJ Fox sounds good.
     
  12. Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    His show could help rebuild NBC's Thursday lineup or they can shore up their Tuesday or Wednesday lineups.

    They're already starting 'family' comedies this fall with The New Normal, Animal Practice, Guys with Kids, 1600 Penn and maybe Go On along with a revamped Up All Night. Plus the Dwight Schrute spinoff, The Farm, will be more family focused if it gets picked up. That's 8 comedies already plus Save Me, Next Caller, Whitney, Community, Parks and Recreation and The Office. Though the last two may be the only ones returning next fall.

    NBC Thursdays could be in unrecognizable next year.
     
  13. danoyse Snikt. Stab. Repeat.

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    It would be awesome if it ended up on Thursdays at 8:30. That's the old time slot for Family Ties.
     
  14. GREEN =w= DAY Registered

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    Christopher Lloyd MUST guest star!
     
  15. Sawyer High King

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    Larry David needs to cameo in the new series. :awesome:
     
  16. Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    Next season marks the 30th anniversary of Family Ties moving from Wednesdays at 9:30 to Thursdays at 8:30.

    This time Fox's show will likely be in the 8:00 or 9:00 slot with the hopes they can recreate what The Cosby Show did for them, establishing four comedies and as some of the top shows of the week.
     
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    I totally want to break out my Family Ties DVDs now...
     
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    Nonsense. Michael J. Fox is timeless. :o
     
  20. Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    NBC is just following Les Moonves' strategy of bringing back old stars (Bill Cosby, Ted Danson) to help bring eyeballs back to the network (Fox, Matthew Perry) while establishing new hits with new talent.

    I've never really seen Family Ties but I watched Spin City and loved Back to the Future. It will be the most hyped show next fall, just like every media site/blog has an opinion about this deal now it will be intensified.
     
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    I am looking forward to this, all jokes aside. This is increasingly sounding like something that could fill the Arrested Development void that's been missing on the TV scene for a long time.

    Yes, it's true younger viewers won't know who the eff Michael J Fox is. It doesn't matter, this show isn't targeting them. It's targetting Gen X-ers, people with jobs, disposable income and who still watch TV on TV sets.

    To be honest, the Millenial generation isn't that great of a market to go after anymore, if you're a TV executive. Consider that:

    - This is a generation more likely to get their electronic leisure exposure from video games, texting and internet/social media than any other before it
    - When they do watch TV, they're more likely to watch it on media that doesn't figure into the traditional TV business model
    - They won't buy anything they can't get for free, or cheaper, somewhere else
    - This generation is going to be poor, sadly. The worst US job market since the Great Depression is a huge setback, and you're looking at a generation overall that isn't going to start earning serious money until they are 30 or older
     
  22. danoyse Snikt. Stab. Repeat.

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    Exactly. Me and my friends grew up with Family Ties on TV every week, and going from the responses I've seen from us geezers (we're all in our late 30s now) is how great this will be. One of my friends posted about the new show on Facebook the other night with "Does this mean I'll actually have a reason to watch TV again?"
     
  23. Pink Ranger The North Remembers

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    And the storyline MUST involve him trying to get Fox to help him test some kind of dangerous invention.
     
  24. Sawyer High King

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    I'll bet money that this gets paired with Go On next fall. Two former NBC stars. One show of a man dealing with the loss of his wife, the other of a family dealing with their father's illness. Perfect fit.
     
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    http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/wen...ael-j-foxs-nbc-series-produced-by-will-gluck/
     

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