News of Michael J. Fox's return to television was met with enthusiasm from TV audiences online and now the actor is opening up about why he decided to come back to the small screen.
The 51-year-old actor will star in a new NBC comedy as a newscaster who quits his job because of Parkinson's disease, which Fox suffers from in real life. His character returns to work in the show's first episode because a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease's symptoms.
The show is a family comedy and Fox's character is the father to two teenage children and a young boy. The show takes place in New York City.
When asked by "Access Hollywood" why the show incorporated Parkinson's disease into his character's storyline, Fox replied, "Well, I don't have a choice ... But my personal life -- you can sit and project out and say, 'Oh, I'm going to have this and it's going to be like this and I won't be able to do that.' But it's much more about right now. 'What can I do right now?' Right?"
He added, "I just thought, I love to do this and as much as anyone will let me do it and give me their time to do it -- I should do it. And so, I'm doing it."
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991. He left the ABC sitcom "Spin City" in 2000 in order to spend more time with his family and to focus on finding a cure for Parkinson's disease.
"It's based loosely on my experiences," Fox told the entertainment news outlet. "And I don't want to say too much because I don't want my kids to think every time a kid does something goofy on the show that it's a reflection on them."
Fox later founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the largest private funder of Parkinson's disease research worldwide. Recently, Magnolia Bakery -- made famous for its cupcakes and "Sex and the City" cameo -- created a cupcake to benefit the foundation in honor of Parkinson's Awareness Month this April.
According to the bakery, the cupcake will be sold in stores and online throughout the month for $1.75. The profits from each cupcake go directly to the foundation for research on Parkinson's disease.