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The Michael J. Fox Show

the-series-philosopher-The_Michael_J_Fox_Show_promo_logoThe Michael J. Fox Show was an American television sitcom starring Michael J. Fox. The series aired on NBC in the United States from September 26, 2013, to January 23, 2014, as part of the 2013–14 American television season. Fox made his regular return to television for the first time since he was on ABC’s Spin City. It was his second NBC series, as he appeared on that network’s sitcom Family Ties from 1982 to 1989 as Alex P. Keaton.

On February 5, 2014, it was announced that The Michael J. Fox Show would not return after the 2014 Winter Olympics as planned. A representative for NBC later stated the show “it’s not cancelled. We are looking for a place on the schedule after April 3.” Despite this, the remaining episodes never aired in the U.S. and, on May 10, 2014, NBC officially canceled the show after one season.

Premise

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Mike Henry had to give up his career as a news anchor for New York’s WNBC and focus on his health and his family. Four years later, Mike decides to get back to work and struggles between family and career.

Cast and characters 

Main 

  • Michael J. Fox (Spin City, The Good Wife, Boston Legal, Rescue Me) as Michael “Mike” Henry
  • Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad, Life in Pieces, Masters of Sex) as Annie Henry, Mike’s wife
  • Juliette Goglia (Resident Advisors) as Eve Henry, Mike’s and Annie’s daughter
  • Conor Romero as Ian Henry, Mike’s and Annie’s elder son
  • Jack Gore as Graham Henry, Mike’s and Annie’s younger son
  • Katie Finneran (Bloodline, Brockmire, I Hate My Teenage Daughter) as Leigh Henry, Mike’s sister
  • Ana Nogueira (The Vampire Diaries) as Kay Costa, Mike’s assistant
  • Wendell Pierce (The Odd Couple, Ray Donovan, The Wire, Treme) as Harris Green, Mike’s boss and best friend

Recurring 

  • Anne Heche (Save Me, The Brave, Aftermath, Hung, Men in Trees) as Susan Rodriguez-Jones, Mike’s coworker
  • Jason Katims (Roswell, Boston Public, Parenthood, About a Boy) as Doug, Mike’s coworker
  • Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle, The Middle, Army Wives) as Deborah, Ian’s girlfriend
  • Craig Bierko (UnREAL, Boston Legal) as Bill, the Henrys’ neighbor
  • David Furr (Odd Mom Out, Iron Fist, The Americans) as Andy, the Henrys’ doorman
  • Alice Kremelberg (Doomsday, Guiding Light) as Reese, Ian’s girlfriend (later ex)
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