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Veteran actors bring the season’s best shows

By Mark Washburn
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The best new comedy of the year is “The Michael J. Fox Show.” It debuts at 9 p.m. Sept. 26 on NBC.

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    Two other action dramas worth checking out:

    • Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” 9 p.m. Mondays.

    • ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

    In new comedy:

    • ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

    • ABC’s “Trophy Wife,” 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays.



Seen the clever promo being run by NBC on Michael J. Fox’s new show? It has Fox standing alone, saying it’s time to talk about “the elephant in the room.”

Then comes a wide shot ... showing an elephant in the room.

Of course, Parkinson’s disease is the point of the joke – we’ve 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, Parkinson’s is Fox’s 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 there’s the regular list of stinkers. Come to Pages 4 and 5E, and we’ll chat more.

Washburn: 704-358-5007.
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