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Michael J. Fox, 'The Michael J. Fox Show'
Nomination Status: Never rule out Emmy sentimentality.
In His Favor: Michael J. Fox has 16 Emmy nominations and five wins. He's probably a lock to get his fourth Emmy nod for his "Good Wife" recurring guest character. So why should Emmy voters let something like VERY premature cancellation get in the way of giving Fox a bit of additional recognition? It's not like Emmy voters haven't given a comedy lead Emmy nomination to the veteran star of a quickly canceled show in the past. You may need to go back to Stockard Channing in "Out of Practice," but there's precedent. And Fox was good in "The Michael J. Fox Show," sometimes working his medical condition for laughs, but sometimes just reminding us that he's a master of the form. [UPDATE: Fox apparently didn't submit for "Good Wife." Not sure why not. And not sure if it makes any difference.]
Working Against Him: Yes, Fox was good in "The Michael J. Fox Show," but he wasn't great and I've talked to several "industry insiders" -- it's an apt description, but I hate the phrase -- who have said they couldn't watch the show because instead of making them laugh, it made them said. I highly doubt that's a majority opinion, but I know it's an opinion people had. Plus, "Michael J. Fox Show" wasn't just a disappointment. It was an out-and-out bomb. If you want to recognize a big name whose return to network primetime was merely a quickly canceled disappointment, perhaps you go with...