Two comedy giants have been cast to play the parents of Michael J. Fox’s character in his new NBC sitcom “The Michael J. Fox Show.”
The two are Charles Grodin, 78, and Candice Bergen, 67, reports Deadline.com here.
Fox is 52 — which makes his on-screen mom just 15 years older than him, though we doubt that will be the case on Fox’s show. Bergen, of course, is the legendary star of “Murphy Brown.” And Grodin has starred in scores of movie comedies, hosted his own talk shows, and even played the “Andy Rooney” role on the short-lived “60 Minutes” spinoff “60 Minutes 2″ on CBS.
“The Michael J. Fox Show” is being produced in New York and both Grodin and Bergen happen to live in the area, which must have greatly aided the decision to cast the two of them.
On the show, Fox plays Mike Henry, a long-time local TV anchorman in New York who is returning to work following a five-year hiatus he took after he learned he has Parkinson’s Disease. Fox, of course, also copes with the same disease. The show premieres Monday, Sept. 26, with two back-to-back episodes starting at 9/8c.