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"My experience is to deal with things through humor," the star of The Michael J. Fox show says

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
August 13, 2013 01:30 PM
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Can Parkinson’s disease be funny?

Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, sure thinks so.

“I have challenges that come with Parkinson’s but my experience is to deal with things through humor,” he explains in a first look at his much-anticipated new NBC show.

The Michael J. Fox Show stars Fox, 52, as Mike Henry, a family-oriented New York news anchor who quits after his Parkinson’s diagnosis. But much like the real-life Fox, Henry eventually decides to get back to work – although he doesn’t want to make a big deal about it.

“We both know if I come back, NBC is going to milk it by showing me in slow-motion with lame uplifting music in the background,” his character says before seeing a promo about his return that does just that.

Fortunately for Henry, it appears his family is less adoring about his day-to-day triumphs over adversity.

“Can you not have a personal victory right now, we are starving,” Fox’s on-screen wife, Betsy Brandt, declares as she grabs his shaky hand holding a spoonful of eggs and forcefully dumps them on her plate.

The Michael J. Fox Show – which also stars Jack Gore, Juliette Goglia and Conor Romero as Henry’s kids – premieres Sept. 26 (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.