Rob is dismayed to discover that the charismatic lead actor for his comedy pilot is being treated for a condition that required him to take medication that made the actor boring.

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  1. kedavis Member
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    Which actor/show was that?

    The mention of the later TV ads has me hearing “Michael J Fox” and I’m curious what the new show would have been about, if it had gone into production.

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  2. Taras Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Which actor/show was that?

    The mention of the later TV ads has me hearing “Michael J Fox” and I’m curious what the new show would have been about, if it had gone into production.

    Definitely not Michael J. Fox, who was a sitcom veteran from way back, rather than a newcomer, as described here.  

    Also his Parkinson’s medication didn’t affect his ability to perform. What Rob Long describes sounds more like antipsychotic medication.

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  3. kedavis Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Which actor/show was that?

    The mention of the later TV ads has me hearing “Michael J Fox” and I’m curious what the new show would have been about, if it had gone into production.

    Definitely not Michael J. Fox, who was a sitcom veteran from way back, rather than a newcomer, as described here.

    Also his Parkinson’s medication didn’t affect his ability to perform. What Rob Long describes sounds more like antipsychotic medication.

    Maybe, but if he didn’t specify what year it was, that could have made it at a time when Fox wasn’t quite as much of an old hand yet, but I think was beginning to have the effects of Parkinson’s, and the early medication might have had the effect of making him more “boring” but the main thing might be that I don’t remember seeing any other celebrity/sitcom star plugging medications on TV.

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  4. Taras Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Which actor/show was that?

    The mention of the later TV ads has me hearing “Michael J Fox” and I’m curious what the new show would have been about, if it had gone into production.

    Definitely not Michael J. Fox, who was a sitcom veteran from way back, rather than a newcomer, as described here.

    Also his Parkinson’s medication didn’t affect his ability to perform. What Rob Long describes sounds more like antipsychotic medication.

    Maybe, but if he didn’t specify what year it was, that could have made it at a time when Fox wasn’t quite as much of an old hand yet, but I think was beginning to have the effects of Parkinson’s, and the early medication might have had the effect of making him more “boring” but the main thing might be that I don’t remember seeing any other celebrity/sitcom star plugging medications on TV.

    Remember, Rob Long said the boring guy was a movie actor, unfamiliar with the pace of TV production.  Michael J. Fox had been working in TV almost continuously from the age of 17 on, including 172 episodes of the sitcom, Family Ties.  His film career came later.

    Fox famously appeared before a Congressional committee without taking his medication.  I don’t recall any PSA’s, which is what Long seems to be describing.

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  5. kedavis Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Which actor/show was that?

    The mention of the later TV ads has me hearing “Michael J Fox” and I’m curious what the new show would have been about, if it had gone into production.

    Definitely not Michael J. Fox, who was a sitcom veteran from way back, rather than a newcomer, as described here.

    Also his Parkinson’s medication didn’t affect his ability to perform. What Rob Long describes sounds more like antipsychotic medication.

    Maybe, but if he didn’t specify what year it was, that could have made it at a time when Fox wasn’t quite as much of an old hand yet, but I think was beginning to have the effects of Parkinson’s, and the early medication might have had the effect of making him more “boring” but the main thing might be that I don’t remember seeing any other celebrity/sitcom star plugging medications on TV.

    Remember, Rob Long said the boring guy was a movie actor, unfamiliar with the pace of TV production. Michael J. Fox had been working in TV almost continuously from the age of 17 on, including 172 episodes of the sitcom, Family Ties. His film career came later.

    Fox famously appeared before a Congressional committee without taking his medication. I don’t recall any PSA’s, which is what Long seems to be describing.

    Oh, I saw Fox many times doing TV ads about Parkinson’s and the treatments thereof.  Never saw anyone else doing anything similar.  Maybe it was a regional thing.  If someone’s trying to get political support they probably don’t run ads like that in Phoenix, or especially not in Oregon.

    You’re right about the movie actor thing, though, that would exclude Fox.

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