Michael J. Fox Opens Up About His Struggling NBC Sitcom THR
Michael J. Fox, the star of NBC's low-rated freshman comedy series “The Michael J. Fox Show” -- which was pulled off the network schedule following the Olympics, but which NBC says is not canceled -- told The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn’t “feel angry” about the shows’ struggles.
“Was I disappointed by the ratings? It probably has to do with what I deal with on a day-to-day basis, but I don't process things that way. I don't feel bad. I don't feel angry. I don't feel like I need to point fingers about time slots and things like that,” Fox said.
The piece notes that the series debuted in September with a weak lead-in from NBC's "Sean Saves the World" and stiff competition from CBS's "Two and a Half Men."
"By January, NBC Entertainment Chair Bob Greenblatt acknowledged the show's ratings (less than a 1 in the 18-to-49 demographic) were 'not anywhere near' where he'd like them," the story reports. "Three weeks later, the comedy was pulled. The remaining seven episodes, including a guest spot from Fox's 'Back to the Future' co-star Christopher Lloyd, await a spring airdate."
Fox said he’s hopeful the show do well if it returns to a “more advantageous spot.”
“The hardest thing about doing something is getting started, and once you get started, it gets a life of its own, and you just ride it and see where it takes you,” he told THR. “We just have to see where this takes us. But I don't think this journey is finished. I think these episodes, if they're put in a more advantageous spot on the schedule, can attract an audience and keep it.”
Fox added: "'Family Ties' was nowhere until the third season."
The network has said new episodes of "The Michael J. Fox Show" will air beginning in April.