Michael J. Fox’s now-canceled television show told the story of a television reporter with Parkinson’s disease who thanks to the marvels of medical science is able to resume work after a multi-year layoff. Though the premise of “The Michael J. Fox Show” was certainly heartwarming, it doesn’t represent the real-world experience of many people with the incurable neurological disorder. I have Parkinson’s disease and thought the show was mediocre even tough I really wanted to like it. From CBS MoneyWatch:. “This was within a week of having my job review in which he told me how well I was doing my job and giving me a raise,” she wrote in an email. “This produced such sadness I just wanted to die. It took me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M_5EHJOjlE well over a year to start feeling good about myself.”
Michael J. Fox, god bless him, should win a medal one day for all the good he’s done to advance the cause of Parkinson’s research. As I wrote in The Fiscal Times, the community could not have asked for a better spokesman.
His “Q Score,” a measure of celebrity awareness and likeability, stands at 28 percent, nearly double the 16 percent average. A whopping 88 percent of adults aged 18 and older know who Fox is, more than double 31 percent average for other celebrities.
My one quibble with Fox is that “The Michael J. Fox Show” is a mediocre effort. As a Parkie — Parkinson’s sufferer — I wasn’t expecting every episode to be an infomercial about my disease. What I was hoping for was some laughs, which have been lacking. The first two episodes were disappointing. I thought the third one was a little better.
Maybe the show will get better over time. Maybe it won’t.
But the fact that millions of people are now aware of Parkinson’s that weren’t before is a good thing.
And if Michael J. Fox or any of his people happen to be reading this blog, I think I have got some ideas that can save your show.
Call me. :)