Seen the clever promo being run by NBC on Michael J. Foxs new show? It has Fox standing alone, saying its time to talk about the elephant in the room.
Then comes a wide shot ... showing an elephant in the room.
Of course, Parkinsons disease is the point of the joke weve watched Fox continue to perform on shows like The Good Wife as his degenerative disorder, which afflicts about a million Americans, grew more severe. As talented a performer as Fox is, his condition was a distraction, in part because it was not addressed head-on.
In his new show, Parkinsons is Foxs sidekick. He plays it for self-deprecating laughs and, despite the longest of odds, he succeeds by delivering the best new comedy of the year in The Michael J. Fox Show.
This show a mash-up of 30 Rock, The Office and his classic Family Ties clicks from the get-go on every level: casting, writing, comedy. It gets an hour-long debut at 9 p.m. Sept. 26 on NBC.
In drama this season, James Spader overcomes an over-the-top plot line and mesmerizes us in The Blacklist. He plays a mastermind criminal who mysteriously surrenders to the FBI, offering to lead them into the darkest shadows to harvest terrorists. He has one demand he wants to work with a rookie FBI profiler. Paging Hannibal Lecter.
Not for long. This drama has two things going for it: Wicked action sequences and Spader himself, whose self-assured character is unpredictable and cunningly amusing. It debuts at 10 p.m. Sept. 23 on NBC.
And then theres the regular list of stinkers. Come to Pages 4 and 5E, and well chat more.
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