BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The cast and producers of “The Michael J. Fox Show” recently fielded questions from reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Here are a few tidbits from the chat.
Michael J. Fox on the concept of “vetting” some of the comic situations that reference his character’s Parkinson’s with the Parkinson’s community:
“I don’t vet creative instinct, I just go with it. I feel that this is a reflection of my experience. The way I look at life, the way I look at the reality of Parkinson’s, that sometimes it’s frustrating and sometimes it’s funny, I need to look at it that way, and I think other people will look at it that way. But beyond that, I think we all get our own bag of hammers, we all get our own Parkinson’s. We’ll look at this through the filter of that experience, and we’ll say, ‘Yeah, I need to laugh at my stuff, too.’ If someone wants to be outraged, they can be outraged. I don’t think it’s that outrageous.”
Betsy Brandt on transitioning from “Breaking Bad” to “Fox,” on which she plays his wife:
“It’s good to be Betsy Brandt right now. I was really hoping I would get a comedy. This is beyond whatever I could have come up with in my mind. I didn’t want to chase the next ‘Breaking Bad,’ because there may never be one. When I read [the ‘Fox’] script I just said, ‘These are things that I say to my kids.’ I thought the show was so great. Then once I read with Mike, I would have shanked all the other actors that were there to get this role. I would have. I did not.”