Exclusive Interview: Sam Laybourne on NBC’s THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW

Michael J. Fox and Frederick Weller in THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW - Season 1 - "Couples" | ©NBC/Eric Liebowitz

On NBC’s THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW, Thursdays at 9:30 PM, Michael J. Fox plays Mike Henry, who returns to being a television newsman after years away – not unlike the way Fox is returning to anchoring an NBC half-hour comedy after years away. Additionally, both the fictional Henry and the real Fox are happily married family men with children, and both matter-of-factly deal with their Parkinson’s disease. The series was created by Will Gluck and Sam Laybourne, both of whom are executive producers with Fox. Laybourne is at an event held by NBC for the Television Critics Association press […]Read On »

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Interview: Michael J. Fox on THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW

Michael J. Fox stars in THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW on NBC | (c) 2013 Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Michael J. Fox is at a party thrown by NBC for its new shows and the Television Critics Association. A small group of reporters is standing around Fox, and someone asks if he’d like to move so he can find a place to sit down. Fox is cordial and direct. “I didn’t come here to sit.” Instead, he is here to talk about THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW, which Fox executive-produces with series creators Will Gluck and Sam Laybourne. In the half-hour series, on NBC Thursdays at 9:30 PM, Fox plays Mike Henry. In real life, Fox is a TV […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Michael J. Fox and Betsy Brandt in THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore, Conor Romero Writer: Sam Laybourne, created by Will Gluck & Sam Laybourne Director: Will Gluck Network: NBC, Thursdays nights Original Airdate: September 26, 2013 (at 9 PM) First, viewers should note that THE MICHAEL J. FOX show premieres in a one-hour block at 9 PM with two episodes, “Pilot” (reviewed here) and “Neighbors,” before settling into its regular Thursdays at 9:30 slot next week. Everybody knows what a biographical drama is, but this season, network TV is having a mini-boom in biographical comedy. There’s THE GOLDBERGS, about the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TEEN WOLF directors Russell Mulcahy and Tim Andrew on Season 3

Tyler Posey in TEEN WOLF - Season 3 - "Tattoo" | ©2013 MTV

Although named for the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, the MTV series TEEN WOLF, now in its third season, bears little resemblance beyond its title. Developed for television by executive producer Jeff Davis, TEEN WOLF chronicles the perilous adventures of high school student and new werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), his girlfriend Alison Argent (Crystal Reed) who comes from a long line of werewolf hunters, Scott’s best friend (and sheriff’s son) Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), alpha werewolf Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) and their allies and enemies. TEEN WOLF’s directing executive producer Russell Mulcahy (also known for the first HIGHLANDER film, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TEEN WOLF producer Jeff Davis transforms the 1980s film into MTV’s new horror series – Part 2

TEEN WOLF - S1 - Posey

MTV’s new genre series TEEN WOLF is inspired by the 1980s Michael J. Fox comedy where he transformed into a teenage werewolf. While the transformation is still there, the story itself is much more serious and echoes such series as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES in terms of teen angst mixed with horror. Tyler Posey plays Scott McCall who must deal with the after-effects of getting bit by a werewolf and how to affects his relationships with his friends, family and school mates. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with executive producer Jeff Davis, we learn […]Read On »

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TV Review: TEEN WOLF – Season 1 – “Wolf Moon”

Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Posey and Tyler Hoechlin in TEEN WOLF - Season 1|©2011 MTV

Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne Writer: Jeff Davis Director: Russell Mulcahy Network: MTV, airs Monday nights Airdate: June 5, 2011 Whether you found 1985’s feature film TEEN WOLF, starring Michael J. Fox in makeup that looked more simian than lupine when he wolfed out, adorable or incredibly annoying, just forget the whole thing when it comes to MTV’s TEEN WOLF. The two share a title, the basic concept of a teenaged male werewolf and presumably a lot of legal agreements. That’s it. MTV’s TEEN WOLF fits somewhere in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jeff Davis gets bitten by MTV’s TEEN WOLF – Part 1

Tyler Posey in TEEN WOLF - Season 1|©2011 MTV

When CRIMINAL MINDS creator Jeff Davis was approached by MTV to reboot the 1980s comedy TEEN WOLF, he was a bit hesitant until he found out they wanted something more along the lines of the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TV series than a sitcom with a laugh track. “MTV was always pushing us to go edgier,” Davis admits. “They gave us a mandate, that the writers turned into the three words we live by – Sexy, Scary and surprising. For us that meant plenty of twists and turns, lots of romance, a little bit of humor and plenty of scares. […]Read On »

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Fresh Clip: First look at MTV’s TEEN WOLF trailer (and poster)

Tyler Posey in TEEN WOLF - Season 1 | ©2011 MTV

While The CW has made its mark with SUPERNATURAL and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and found great success with their genre-bending formulas, they really haven’t proven to be the heir to the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER teen angst throne that Joss Whedon created so expertly on that landmark series. Well, there’s a good chance MTV’s TEEN WOLF could be the heir apparent. Based on the the horrendous (but cult) 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, the new genre series owes more to BUFFY than that silly retro comedy. Tyler Posey is Scott McCall, an average high school student who is bitten […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: BACK TO THE FUTURE – 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY

BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY - Blu -ray

It’s hard to believe it was only five years ago when Universal released all three BACK TO THE FUTURE films remastered for DVD with loads of bonus features and retrospectives. Now, it’s time for a Blu-ray reissue with BACK TO THE FUTURE: 25th ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY and if you thought the first set was great, this one blows it out of the water.

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