Michael J Fox
I'm a sucker for Julianna Maruglies walking down hallways in tears.
What does that mean? A few things first:
Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Carpenter and John Michael Higgins (he was freed from 'Happily Divorced' for a hot second!) all sat around in a room with Alicia for much of the episode. MJF turned in an understated performance, in a good way. Carpenter was pretty convincing as a uber Christian professor trying to get her job back and a far cry from potty-mouthed Deb Morgan. Quite refreshing. JMH fit the role of greedy arbitrator nicely.
For the first time in a while, the case of the week wasn't overly complicated, nor did it have to contend with an action-packed installment of the Eli Gold show. It had space to grow. It wasn't the most compelling, but that's OK.
According TVLine, Fox will reprise the role of Louis Canning for at least three or four episodes.
Fox's character was last seen offering Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) a position at his new law firm. She ultimately declined.
The 'Spin City' veteran was nominated for an Emmy for his 'Good Wife' role, but lost to 'Harry's Law' guest Paul McCrane.
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"You know what, he's really not [a pain]," said Essman. "He's the one that has to come up with these outlines and he's the one that has to do all the work, so he has to decide [to continue the show]." That puzzled Gifford. "How long could it take?" she said, citing a clip where David and Essman argue about dinner. "Larry walks in with a piece of bread and she's unhappy."
This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Smallville,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'The Good Wife.'
This time around, the five-time Emmy winner is appearing on the drama 'The Good Wife.' According to the CBS press release, Fox will appear as lawyer Simon Canning, a cynical litigator who goes against Alicia Florrick -- played by 'Good Wife' Emmy-nominated star Julianna Margulies -- in a class action suit against a large pharmaceutical company. From the network press release, Fox's character will also be a victim of Parkinson's and use it to his advantage during the trial to encourage sympathy for the huge corporation.
"I always forget, these chairs you have on your show, they swivel," Fox said. "When you have Parkinson's, it's a fun ride."
Fox also relayed a story about his symptoms mysteriously disappearing while on a trip up in the Himalayas.
"It was a really strange experience," Fox said. "After the second day, I noticed I was not taking my meds as much and then by the third day it was just like a joke, it was just so smooth."
Watch the video after the jump.
You tacked their photos to your wall, faithfully watched their TV shows and bought their records --and you might have even written some of them a mash note or two ('fess up!). These are the AOL TV picks for the top 50 teen idols of all time; the 50 young gents who made us swoon, pledge our undying devotion and join more than one sappy fan club.
Our list includes a pair of real-life brothers, several fellas who played brothers on TV and more than a few double-threat actor/singers (what can we say -- they're double the pleasure). But did your favorite Teen Beat cover boy make the cut? Only one way to find out ...
- At 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by a new Grey's Anatomy and Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.
- CBS has a new Survivor at 8, then a new CSI.
- NBC has new episodes of My Name Is Earl, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and Southland.
- FOX has new episodes of Bones and Hell's Kitchen.
- The CW has a new Smallville at 8, then a new Supernatural.
- Also at 8: TNT has the Hawks/Cavaliers game.
- At 9, TLC has a new American Chopper.
- Spike has TNA Wrestling at 9.
- HBO has the movie Grey Gardens at 9.
- At 10, Bravo has the series premiere of The Fashion Show.
- Comedy Central has a new Krod Mandoon at 10.
Check your local TV listings for more.
After the jump, the late night talk shows.
- They are ordering an additional 19 episodes of Nip/Tuck. The show will be end its run in early 2011 with an even 100 episodes. Show-runner Ryan Murphy wil stay through the end of the run.
- Michael J. Fox will appear on a four episode arc of Rescue Me next season. He'll play Janet Gavin's new boyfriend, who is confined to a wheelchair.
- Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden will be a regular on second season of Damages.
- The network has ordered 39 more episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This is in addition to 13 currently being produced for the upcoming season.
- They are ordering 13 episode of new comedy series Testees, created by Kenny Hotz (South Park - Kenny vs Spenny). Its about two friends in their early 30's who earn living as medical guinea pigs.
But now she can add "sitcom writer" to her credits; she just wrote an episode of The Disney Channel's hit Wizards of Waverly Place, according to the New York Daily News. Apparently, she's a friend of executive producer Peter Murrieta, and she got to know some of the show's writers during the writers' strike. So, when the strike ended, she was invited to write an episode for the show.
That's what I keep thinking any time I see Connie Britton on screen. On Friday Night Lights, Britton plays the Tami Taylor, the sexy, no-nonsense wife of Dillon Panthers coach Eric Taylor. In episode after episode, she showed that she is not only a loving mother and a caring school counselor, but that after years of marriage, she still has passion for her husband. But she also knew that she owns her life; in the next-to-last episode of the season, she told Eric that she wasn't going to follow him to a new job in Austin because she liked her job in Dillon.
Of course, this isn't the first time Britton's played the strong, willowy type. Remember Spin City?
Note that other sites have categorized this as merely a rumor since I first posted this. Update at end of post.
Like most people who wish for dumb things, I've been patiently waiting for someone to remake the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie Teen Wolf, or to at least film my script that re-imagines Beowulf with Scott Baio in the lead role (I call it BaioWolf). Yes, I know Beowulf has nothing to do with werewolves, but in BaioWolf, everyone is a werewolf, something I believe the original epic poem lacked.
Well, apparently it's happening, and Smallville's Tom Welling has signed on for the Teen Wolf remake, but not as the titular werewolf. In this remake, the werewolf will be female. No word yet on who will play the lead, and apparently the filmmakers are still scouting locations.
The series, which managed to be very smart and funny while also dealing with series subjects, aired on NBC for seven seasons. While it struggled during its first season, the show soon became part of NBC's sitcom domination when it was placed right next to The Cosby Show. I have to say, though, I always thought Family Ties was the better series. It would sometimes cross the line between funny and preachy, but never to the degree that The Cosby Show did. Both shows had lessons to teach, but Cosby sometimes felt more like a half-hour lecture on good behavior.
Our sister sites Cinematical and Ad Jab --that's me who wrote the Ad Jab post, but when I write for Ad Jab I wear a mustache so as not to confuse me with myself-- have been all over this, so forgive us for being a bit behind, but as many of you probably know, Michael J. Fox has been appearing in campaign commercials for people who are running for senate and who support stem cell research. He's appeared in ads for Maryland's Ben Cardin and for Missouri's Claire McCaskill (clip after the jump).
To drive the point home,
Fox appears in these ads, sans medication and with the involuntary tremors and shakes that are a part of his Parkinson's made obvious.* Other celebs from television, however, don't share Fox's view, and one of them is Patricia Heaton, who appears in an ad (also after the jump) that opposes the measure in Missouri. I'll let you folks watch both ads and duke it out in the comments, though my friendly advice to anyone is to not get caught up in the politics of this debate and instead read up on the actual science behind it and then make an informed decision. You may not come to the same conclusion I have, but at least you'll be well-informed and not persuaded by actors, or Rush Limbaugh for that matter.
*Fox's tremors are actually a side effect of being on his medication, not off it. Apologies for my assumption.
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