Michael J. Fox returns to primetime

Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox is starring in a new television special, entitled Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. Once a teen heartthrob, Fox is now best known for his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. The special, described as a “compelling look at the transformational power of optimism,” features Fox traveling the world to search for reasons and examples of what makes people happy. The special will air at 10 p.m. Thursday, May 7. After long runs on hit TV series such as Family Ties and Spin City and starring roles in successful films such as Back to the Future, Fox announced in 1998 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research shortly after.

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  1. tributegirl • March 11, 2009 @ 10:55 AM

    Michael is definitely optimistic, I’ve always loved him, and when I found out about his problems and how he was dealing with it, I was just amazed at his courage and strength. He is one very admirable guy, and I’ll be watching the special for sure.

  2. lily • March 11, 2009 @ 5:43 PM

    Me too!!! LOVE Michael and also love the idea of this special. Maybe the new research okayed by Obama will give a fighting chance to Michael and all the others suffering from Parkinson’s.

  3. Coop • March 11, 2009 @ 7:44 PM

    Well said ladies,in both your comments I couldn’t agree more.

  4. nat • March 11, 2009 @ 9:00 PM

    i couldn’t agree more , this guy is pure class, ill be watching with much interest!

  5. Jo-Anne • March 12, 2009 @ 12:15 AM

    well, I am with all you here, he is a class act for sure, have always liked him. I will tape the show as I will be otherwise engaged at the Springsteen concert – woo hoo!

    however, this special looks to be a winner, just like Michael…

  6. nat • March 13, 2009 @ 12:14 AM

    its amazing that Hayden and brown had many many comments for there stupid crap. and only a few for something important and moving like this , really shows what the world has come to, where most of us are more engaged about sour nasty stuff than a positive documentary by a very brave and classy man. i guess we humans aren’t so great after all!

  7. Monique • March 13, 2009 @ 5:22 PM

    Lets hear if for our good ol’ Canadian boy.

  8. lily • March 13, 2009 @ 7:14 PM

    It does seem like you’re right, Nat, since people post a lot more comments about stars behaving badly than about a man like Michael living each day with dignity and courage.
    However, maybe a lot of people read the article, were quietly inspired by Michael, and just went about their day feeling a little more hopeful about life in general. Whether or not they bothered to post comments, I’d like to think our “good ol’ Canadian boy” makes us ALL proud.
    You have a good heart, Nat!
    P.S. Jo-Anne, how did you manage to get tickets to that Springsteen concert?!!!!

  9. Jo-Anne. • March 13, 2009 @ 9:10 PM

    You and nat bith hit it on the nail with your comments this time, lily.

    People are definitely drawn to the darker side of celebrity life and there have been many storylines without a single comment, I always notice that as well – I recall the one about Charlie Sheen’s daughters escaping injury from a car accident with zero response and then Kelly Osborne slaps a reporter and it’s like the flood gates open…

    it’s the same on here, niceties don’t garner much activity but disagree with someone or dislike someone’s attitude and the reponses pour in…

    lily, I really like what you said about Michael and people being quitely inspired, that was a wonderful outlook and I do believe many reading this article would feel likewise

    Now, Springsteen….I could go on an on, safe to say I had a contact here who came through for me, ticket price (of course) and I have fabulous seats, the best I’ve had in ages. I think this will be my 13th time seeing him over the years, I was at his very first Ontario concert in I beleive 1975 at Seneca College with like 200 “kids”….he just gets better and better, his concerts pure Magic and tells a story like no one else…

  10. lily • March 13, 2009 @ 9:40 PM

    I’d love to see him live. I haven’t been to many concerts and when I do get tickets, I’m sitting so far from the stage I end up watching the whole show on the big screens. LOL I might as well buy a video!
    You can tell us about the concert and we’ll tell you about Micheal’s special.
    And thanks for that cutie pie compliment!

  11. nat • March 14, 2009 @ 6:51 AM

    you may be right lily! indeed i am proud of this great Canadian! and Jo-Anne. im so jealous. i would love to see the boss go at it, saw Neil young 2 years running and apparently coming back, i guess we will see. enjoy what i know will be a great show. Jo-Anne is right lily you are a cutie pie with an amazing way about you, and i hope you are right about people taking this story with them , maybe there is some humanity left.

  12. lily • March 14, 2009 @ 8:01 AM

    Don’t usually check the computer before going to bed (just got home from work and showered) but I’m so glad I did this morning! Thank you so much, Nat, for what you said. And of course there’s some humanity left: your showing that yourself every day:)
    btw I love Neil Young too, but seeing the boss is still my number 1 goal, concert-wise.

  13. Jo-Anne. • March 14, 2009 @ 10:18 AM

    nat and lily, I’ve seen Neil a few times as well, in fact I saw the last CSNY concert at ACC 2 years ago and thought Neil the best part of it. I am a big fan.

    I used to belong to CPI many many many moons ago so have seen quite a number of concerts, my only concert regret never seeing Pink Floyd or Led Zepplin. I don’t go to too many now, saw ZZTop with Brooks & Dunn (imagine that?), Bachman/Cummings, The Who, Cheryl Crow and 2 Bruce concerts recently, that’s it. Was hoping to see the T.Hip this May but not happening.

    Bruce is and ALWAYS will be my numero uno, both in concert and song material. I have never seen anyone perform the way he does live, it is like a 3 hour show, unbelievable to witness, never want it to end…

    really happy to chat with you two, I am again enjoying being here. It hasn’t been too interesting for me since a few people bailed on this site but now I look for your posts and enjoy…

  14. Nancy • March 19, 2009 @ 11:30 AM

    Well, maybe you can get the rest of your family to join Tribute, Jo…since Vicki left and all! 😛

  15. Jo-Anne. • March 19, 2009 @ 8:49 PM

    actually, that won’t be necessary Nancy, I seem to have picked up a few more friendly faces on here…sorry, can’t say same for you…

  16. Nancy • March 19, 2009 @ 10:22 PM

    Hahahaha…you seem to think I care…

  17. moondog • March 20, 2009 @ 2:30 PM

    her fam is here.

  18. Nancy • March 20, 2009 @ 6:42 PM

    I like you, moondog! You actually get it! And yes, I TOTALLY agree that that her “few friendly faces” are not strangers to her outside of the web!! LOL. Right lily? 😀

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