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Parkinson’s and Disability Has an Image Problem, and Michael J. Fox Isn’t Helping

October 14, 2013 by in Journalism, Truthout

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Truthout
, 14 October, 2013

In the brutal auditioning rounds of new fall television, Michael J. Fox is the sentimental favorite – the underdog with a stacked deck and a 30-year NBC pedigree. Fox’s new eponymous half-hour sitcom has a plum Thursday night slot, a cast poached from the best dramas of the decade (The Wire’s Wendell Pierce and Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt), and a shotgun season commitment from the network. The show is a fitting welcome back party for a beloved sitcom veteran, and a feel-good show could go a long way to stripping the stigma from Fox’s disease.

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