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When Johnny Carson Just Didn't Know What to Make of Weird Al

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

I feel like every article written about "Weird Al" Yankovic since, oh, let's say 2001, begins with a thesis statement that basically amounts to [...]

9 Sitcom Actors Who Should Make a Comeback

Tomorrow night marks the premiere of two new half-hour comedies starring performers who have each been out of the sitcom world for over a decade. NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show sees the title actor, who got his start on Family Ties, in his first leading role since stepping down from Spin City to spend more time with his family following a Parkinson's diagnosis in 2000, while CBS's The Crazy Ones marks Robin Williams's return to the format and his first regular TV role since Mork & Mindy went off the air in 1982. While it's exciting to see Fox and Williams back doing the kinds of shows that gave them [...]

'Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt Will Star in Michael J. Fox's NBC Sitcom

Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt has just been added to the cast of Michael J. Fox's  new NBC sitcom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Created by Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development, Cougar Town), the untitled comedy was the first show to be ordered for the 2013-14 TV season, with NBC winning a bidding war and committing to a 22-episode first season sight unseen. The series is loosely based on Michael J. Fox's life, with him starring as a husband and father of three who returns to work as a local news anchor after Parkinson's forced him to take some time off. Brandt plays his wife who works [...]

How Michael J. Fox Ended Up Coming Back to TV

If you're interested in the full backstory of how Michael J. Fox's upcoming sitcom at NBC came to be, TV Guide has a great, in-depth look at just how it all went down. And it should make you excited for it, even though it's over a year away from being on the air — Fox is a national treasure. I can't wait to see him back on TV on a regular basis again.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox"

A typical Curb Your Enthusiasm season finale is generally an encapsulation of the entire year’s plotlines and character threads that ties the whole run of episodes together.  This year, things felt a little different. The overall storytelling in Season 8 was a looser and more lackadaisical, leaving “Larry vs. Michael J. Fox” to not feel like the pretty bow on a tight package that Season’s 3’s “Opening Night” or Season 7’s “Seinfeld” did.  It was still an excellent season with some stand-out installments (“Palestinian Chicken,” “Vow of Silence”), but the episodes didn’t feel as cohesive with each other as they have in past seasons.

Christopher Lloyd to Guest Star on 'Michael J. Fox Show' for a 'Back to the Future' Reunion

Back to the Future costars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd will be appearing together on screen again next year. Fox revealed via Twitter that Lloyd is guest starring in an episode of his new NBC sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, that is shooting next week. No further details about the plot or Lloyd's character are known at this time, but the episode is expected to air sometime in spring of 2014.

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox last appeared on screen together when Lloyd guest starred on Fox's previous sitcom, ABC's Spin City in 1999. The episode, called "Back to the Future IV – Judgment Day," featured Lloyd [...]

Michael J. Fox Reflects on the Passing of 'Family Ties' Creator Gary David Goldberg

"With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly. Love to [his wife] Diana and all of Gary’s family.”

-Michael J. Fox commenting to EW on the passing of Family Ties and Spin City creator Gary David Goldberg.

It's That Episode 36: Jake Fogelnest, Ampethamines, and 'Family Ties'

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Jake Fogelnest (The Fogelnest Files, Squirt TV) joins Craig to talk about the Family Ties episode where Alex P. Keaton gets addicted to amphetamines. Join Jake and Craig as they talk about TV drug education, discuss the problem with "just saying no," and reveal why the author of Twilight should send a cease and desist letter to heroin dealers.

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NBC Wins Bidding War over New Michael J. Fox Sitcom By Offering 22 Episodes Sight Unseen

A week ago, we reported that all the major networks were chomping at the bit to get the rights to a new sitcom Michael J. Fox was pitching. Last night, NBC surprisingly vanquished its competitors by offering a full 22-episode season right off the bat, no pilot necessary. ABC had the advantage going into the war because they could offer the coveted post-Modern Family slot; however, NBC's offer was just too nuts to pass up. Shows just don't get full-season pickups anymore. It was a ballsy but not entirely unbelievable move for NBC. Sure, they have no idea what this show will look or be like but they're [...]

Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson Reunite With the Delorean

The Back to the Future 25th anniversary PR push keeps on comin', with Entertainment Weekly getting Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson back together for a photo shoot with the time-traveling Delorean. What is it about this movie that is so damned lovable so many years later?

'The Michael J. Fox Show' Has Plenty of Potential But Isn't Quite There Yet

It's hard to tell from the first episode of a show — or the first two episodes, in the case of The Michael J. Fox Show, which debuts with back-to-back half-hours tonight — if the rest of the series that follow will be any good. Like most new sitcoms, The Michael J. Fox Show will take a handful of episodes to try to find its groove, but the first two episodes hold a lot of promise and feature enough funny moments to drown out the heavy exposition.

This is Michael J. Fox's first regular TV role since he left Spin City to spend time with his family following a [...]

Michael J. Fox's New NBC Show Looks Decent

The TV networks are unveiling trailers for their new shows this week, and here's one for The Michael J. Fox Show, which NBC bought 22 episodes of in a bidding war last fall before a single episode was filmed. Loosely based on his own life, the show, the show finds newscaster/father returning to work after leaving because of a Parkinson's diagnosis. Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt and The Wire's Wendell Pierce co-star in what looks to be a promising new sitcom, especially when compared to some other new sitcoms there.

The Lost Roles of 'Back to the Future'

One of the most popular movies ever made and one that seamlessly fused sci-fi and comedy, Back to the Future turned 25 just over two years ago. In honor of the film’s 27-year-and-3-month anniversary, we’re looking at some of the potential casting choices that almost happened back when Back to the Future came out two decades (plus seven years and 3 months) ago. Most movies and TV shows go through an exhaustive casting process before production begins, but Back to the Future is unique in that part of the movie was filmed with different actors in some of the main roles before the filmmakers decided it wasn’t working and [...]

Every Network Really Wants Michael J. Fox's New Show

Michael Just-the-best Fox is working on a new single-camera project with director Will Gluck (Easy A) and writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar TownArrested Development). Are you excited? Well either way, the networks surely are, probably because Fox is deservedly well-liked and has had multiple hit sitcoms. The situation is being described as a "bidding war" and a "feeding frenzy." There is even talk that one network is offering a direct to series deal, which is nuts and never happens anymore with the big four networks. There's no official word yet on what the show will be about, though the word on the street is that it'll shoot in New [...]