Fox Says Parkinson's Won't Be Focus Of NBC Comedy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Michael J. Fox says Parkinson's disease will not be a major storyline of his upcoming NBC comedy.

On "The Michael J. Fox Show," the actor plays Mike Henry, a former local NBC newscaster with Parkinson's, who left the business to spend more time with his family. The series begins when he decides to return to work now that his kids are older.

At Saturday's Television Critics Association press tour, Fox said he didn't think about how others with Parkinson's would react to the show.

The show does have similarities to Fox's real-life. The actor left "Spin City" in 2000 as he tried different Parkinson's treatments and medications. He also spent quality time with his four kids during their formative years.

The Michael J. Fox Show" premieres Sept. 26.

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