Michael J. Fox makes his highly anticipated return to being a series regular on television with his new show The Michael J. Fox Show, a sitcom loosely based on his real life. In the new NBC show, Fox plays a news anchor, as well as a husband and a father of three, who returns to work after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. But according to the Spin City star, he's more excited about playing up the family dynamic presented on the show.
"It's great to do a family show again. It's cool to be the dad," the youthful looking 51-year-old star told ET at the NBC Upfronts in New York City Monday. " ...It's partly about him being a newscaster but it's mainly about the family. It's about the life this family has, and the way they deal with ... life."
He also dished on the motivation for his big return to television.
"I've just been feeling good, and I enjoyed the work I did on The Good Wife and Rescue Me and Curb Your Enthusiasm and Boston Legal and Scrubs and it was just fun, and it kept building up to where I finally said, 'Why can't I do this?,' and I couldn't come up with a good reason," he smiled.
But as for the potential to get in hot water with his wife Tracy when it comes to sharing too much about their personal life on-screen, Fox said he definitely knows "the red line not to cross."
His four children, however, are a different story.
"It's funny, my kids [ask] how much will their life be in it, and I say there's a lot of stuff," he admitted. "There's a lot of stories that I tell in the show that's roughly based on stuff that they've done, and if they protest I say, 'I paid for everything.'"
Check out the trailer below for a preview of The Michael J. Fox Show.
The Michael J. Fox Show will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.