Poor Michael J. Fox just can’t catch a break, can he?
After a Golden Globe loss in January to Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) and three consecutive failed Emmy bids for guest starring on “The Good Wife,” more bad news came his way as NBC yanked his freshman comedy “The Michael J. Fox Show” off the schedule.
Fox’s self-titled laffer was expected to be such an out-of-the-box hit that it was given a full-season order without even a pilot. But after falling ratings, lack of buzz and no Golden Globe wins to defend its low-rated place in the TV spotlight, NBC pulled the plug. There’s no word yet on whether the remaining produced episodes will air.
The silver lining?
Less than a week after his show’s cancellation, CBS announced via TV Line they are bringing Fox’s popular character back to “The Good Wife” for a “big-season ending arc.” Cue the trumpets! Some of the best moments from CBS’s long-running legal series have been between Fox and series star Julianna Margulies, so his return is a welcome treat.
We all assumed Fox would be receiving an Emmy nomination for the 2013/2014 TV season, but might it actually be for “The Good Wife” instead of “The Michael J. Fox Show”? (Vote in our poll below!)
And while he has already moved on, fans are still waiting on casting news for the rest of its players including favorites Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad“) and Wendell Pierce (“Treme“). Hey Betsy, I hear “Better Call Saul” is hiring….
If Fox reaps a Comedy Actor Emmy bid for his defunct laffer, he would follow in the footsteps of Laura Dern (“Enlightened“), Stockard Channing (“Out of Practice”) and Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback”) who all contended for their axed series.
Heck, Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”) even won an Emmy for a failed show, so it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Fox to receive a post-cancellation hug from TV academy voters. But don’t hold your breath.