The return of film giants Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams to television begs the question: how do you go from small screen to big screen and back to small screen and make it a seamless transition?
For some, it's like the never left. Others, you just wish they'd leave for good.
Fox fills the former void quite well with his aptly titled "Michael J. Fox Show," where Fox plays a newscaster who suffers from Parkinson's Disease and decides to go back to work. If the plot sounds familiar it should; it pretty much sums up Fox's real life forage back to acting.
The star of mega box office hits like "Back to the Future" and "Secret of My Success" cultivated his acting chops as Alex P. Keaton in "Family Ties" and thus transitioned nicely from television to film. He's being welcomed back to the small screen with open arms, not just because the subject matter hits close to home for him. Nothing about the "Michael J. Fox Show" stands out, other than Fox himself winning his personal battle right in front of our eyes. Most of what is enjoyable about the show itself is the Parkinson's jokes made with a heavy heart and sense of hope for those afflicted with the disease.
Fox amps up the charm and delivers his self-deprecating one liners, and he seems comfortable doing it. You don't feel sorry for Fox, but rather just enjoy his presence and realize that he's always been likeable, whether he's a teen-age werewolf on a basketball team or a misplaced doctor from Hollywood.
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