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Television Specials

The following is a listing of appearances Michael J. Fox has made on television that were not in a regular fiction series in order by air date.

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“The Witch of Westminster Crossing” (1979)

Information about this program is almost non-existant. I found the following information from the TVarchive.ca website: The CBC network aired this pilot episode from CBC Vancouver in January 1978. Lois Maxwell and Michael J. Fox starred in the story of a disliked single woman who becomes immediately desirable once she wins a lottery. GENERAL PROGRAM …

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“NBC All Star Hour” (1983)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION An annual variety show populated by the stars of NBC’s programs. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION STATION: NBC AIR DATE: September 12, 1985 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITER: Doug Steckler, Ken Welch, Mitzie Welch, Mason Williams DIRECTOR: Don Mischer PRODUCER: Don Mischer EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Peter Calabrese EDITOR: Mark West ——————————————————————————– CAST (in …

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“Don’t Ask Me, Ask God” (January, 1984)

BRIEF PROGRAM SYNOPSIS A 1981 U.S. Gallop Poll asked Americans, “If you could ask God any question, what would it be?” “Don’t Ask Me, Ask God” takes the top five questions from that survey and analyzes them from both intellectual and biblical perspectives. The questions are: What does the future hold for me and my …

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“The Homemade Comedy Special” (April 8, 1984)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Before YouTube, before the internet, before even “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” this special featured ‘homemade’ commercials, songs, comedy skits – anything and everything – sent in by ‘The United States of America.’ ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION STATION: NBC AIR DATE: April 8, 1984 RUNNING TIME: 1 hour CREW AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION CREATOR: …

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“Battle of the Network Stars XVI” (May 3, 1984)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Competitive games with teams comprised of actors from different television networks. These programs aired when there were only three big public networks: ABC, CBS and NBC. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Competetive Sport STATION: ABC AIR DATE: May 3, 1984 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION PRODUCER: Roone Arledge, Bill Garnet DISTRIBUTOR: ABC ——————————————————————————– …

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“Battle of the Network Stars XVII” (December 20, 1984)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Competetive games with teams comprised of actors from different television networks. These programs aired when there were only three big public networks: ABC, CBS and NBC. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Competitive Sport STATION: ABC AIR DATE: December 20, 1984 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Andy Young PRODUCER: Bill Garnet DISTRIBUTOR: ABC …

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“Night of 100 Stars II” (March 10, 1985)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION As the title suggests, this musical variety program featured a plethora of television and film stars. The online titles kept a running tally of how many stars had appeared on the screen. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Variety Show STATION: ABC AIR DATE: March 10, 1985 RUNNING TIME: 180 minutes CREW AND OTHER …

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Back to the Future Alternate Poster

“Time Travel: Fact, Fiction & Fantasy” (July 11, 1985)

BRIEF PROGRAM SYNOPSIS Documentary about the science of time travel. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Documentary STATION: PBS AIR DATE: July 11, 1985 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITER: Rick Sublett DIRECTOR: Gayle Hollenbaugh, Suzanne McCafferty PRODUCER: Gayle Hollenbaugh, Suzanne McCafferty ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: David Brookwell EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bob Gale ——————————————————————————– APPEARANCES BY Host/Narrator…Michael J. Fox Ray …

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“Bob Hope Buys NBC?” (September 17, 1985)

BRIEF PROGRAM SYNOPSIS Bob Hope buys NBC and the stars of the NBC programs deal with it in their own ways. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Comedy Special STATION: NBC AIR DATE: September 17, 1985 RUNNING TIME: 1 hour FILMING LOCATION: NBC Studios; Burbank, CA CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION PRODUCER: Elliott Kozak EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bob …

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Back to the Future in the "Fringe" Universe

“The Making of ‘Back to the Future'” (1985)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Short documentary about the making of the feature film Back to the Future. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Documentary STATION: Unknown AIR DATE: 1985 RUNNING TIME: Unknown CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Les Mayfield PRODUCER: George Zaloom ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: William Rus EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Frank Marshall EDITOR: Dale Beldin SOUND RE-RECORDING MIXER: Michael …

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“Comic Relief” (March 29, 1986)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION This program strove to raise funds for and awareness of the homeless problem that was being ignored by the conservative government of the time. To my knowledge, this series of American programs had nothing to do with the British programs of the same name. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Comedic fund-raiser STATION: HBO …

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“CBC New Year’s Eve Special” (December 31, 1985)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The CBC’s New Year’s Eve special program ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Holiday Special STATION: CBC AIR DATE: December 31, 1985 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jack Budgell PRODUCER: Garry Blye, Chris Paton DIRECTOR: Michael Watt WRITER: Danny Mann, Valri Bromfield, Jackson Davies, Bob Robertson WRITING SUPERVISOR: Danny Mann SET DESIGNER: …

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“NBC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration” (May 12, 1986)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A celebration of the 60th anniversary of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC.) ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Documentary STATION: NBC AIR DATE: May 12, 1986 RUN TIME: 180 minutes  (3 hours) CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITER: Hildy Parks DIRECTOR: Clark Jones PRODUCER: Hildy Parks CO-PRODUCER: Martha Mason EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Alexander H. Cohen …

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“David Letterman’s Second Annual Holiday Film Festival” (November 28, 1986)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Short films by various directors. Michael J. Fox’s film, which he wrote, directed and starred in, followed the lives of a hockey player and a violin player, both portrayed by Michael J. Fox. The film showed the parallels between the two careers and in the end, the hockey player turns out to …

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The United States Constitution

“Funny, You Don’t Look 200” (October 12, 1987)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION An all-star cast celebrates the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION FULL TITLE: Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville STATION: ABC AIR DATE: October 12, 1987 (I previously believed February 7 was the air date) RUNNING TIME: 1 hour CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: …

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Calm down, Biff

“Can We Talk?” (April 1, 1987)

I am having trouble finding any information on this special but I know it existed because I actually saw it when it aired. In the special Michael J. Fox and Tina Yothers play siblings in a short skit. Michael J. Fox’s character has trouble with drinking too much and Tina’s character confronts him about his …

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Comic Relief U.S.A.

“Comic Relief ’88” (April 23, 1988)

Network: HBO This is another special about which I’m having trouble finding any real information. The IMDB states that Michael J. Fox appeared on the 1986 broadcast and that there was no 1988 special at all. However, I did see this when it aired and I saw it in 1988. I was young so perhaps …

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Mickey's 60th Birthday

“Mickey’s 60th Birthday” (November 13, 1988)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Mickey’s 60th Birthday Party is about to get underway, though Mickey can’t quite fathom that people will want to see him as himself. After rummaging in his old prop trunk, he comes across the sorcerer’s hat he doffed in ‘Fantasia.’ However, the wizard of the hat warns Mickey that he doesn’t need …

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Back to the Future Part II Poster

“Back to the Future II Behind the Scenes” (November 17, 1989)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION STATION: NBC AIR DATE: November 17, 1989 RUNNING TIME: CREW AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Forthcoming WRITER: Forthcoming PRODUCER: Forthcoming PRODUCTION COMPANY: Amblin Entertainment ——————————————————————————– CAST Leslie Nielsen (Host) Lindsey Whitney Barry Rick Carter Michael J. Fox Bob Gale Robert Zemeckis ——————————————————————————– SOUNDTRACK: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER The Power of Love…Huey …

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Miles Turns 21

“Miles Turns 21” (May 8, 1990)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION GENRE: Documentary STATION: New Zealand Television AIR DATE: May 8, 1990 RUNNING TIME: 46 minutes CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION CINEMATOGRAPHER: Simon Raby ——————————————————————————– APPEARANCES BY Miles Roelants Justine Bateman Michael J. Fox Shelly West ——————————————————————————– EXTRAS Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)

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The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy

“The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy” (June 12, 1990)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A promotional documentary aired shortly after Back to the Future Part III was released. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION STATION: Unknown (if you know, please let me know!) AIR DATE: June 12, 1990 RUNNING TIME: 21 Minutes CREW AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Forthcoming WRITER: Forthcoming PRODUCER: Michael Doqui, Les Mayfield, George Zaloom EXECUTIVE …

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E! Entertainment Television

“E!’s Celebrity of the Day” (November 20, 1990)

NETWORK: E! AIR DATE: November 20, 1990 I have not been able to find any information about this program, not even proof that it ever existed. However, I remember seeing it myself and it was just a short little special celebrating Michael J. Fox.

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“James Cagney: Top of the World” (July 5, 1992)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A documentary, hosted by Michael J. Fox, discusses the life of the incomparable James Cagney. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL FILM INFORMATION GENRE: Documentary FILMING LOCATION: Warner Bros. Studios; Burbank, CA STATION: TNT AIR DATE: July 5, 1992 RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITER: Bob Waldman, Carl Lindahl DIRECTOR: Carl Lindahl …

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The Last Laugh Memories of the Cosby Show

“The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show” (April 30, 1992)

BRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS This documentary program aired before the series finale of “The Cosby Show” ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION NETWORK: NBC GENRE: Documentary RELEASE DATE: April 30, 1992 RUNNING TIME: 30 Minutes CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Malcolm-Jamal Warner PRODUCER: Jeff Androsky, Chuck Stepner EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Malcolm-Jamal Warner SUPERVISING PRODUCER: Scott Friedland EDITOR: Scott …

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I Am Your Child

“I Am Your Child” (April 28, 1997))

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Tom Hanks narrates and hosts this documentary which examines the positive effects of “Hampton Healthy Start” social programs on the children of Hampton, Virginia. It also includes commentary from other celebrities (see cast list.) ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION GENRE: Documentary STATION: ABC AIR DATE: April 28, 1997 RUNNING TIME: 45 Minutes CREW …

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Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party

“Walt Disney World’s 25th Anniversary Party” (1997)

BRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS A celebration of the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World in Florida. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION NETWORK: ABC RELEASE DATE: 1997 RUNNING TIME: Unknown CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITER: Andrew Smith DIRECTOR: Roger Goodman, Louis J. Horvitz, Nancy Stern PRODUCERS: Andrew Becker, Brian Brown, Chuck London, Marie MacLean, Meredith Ann Paige, …

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David Blaine: Frozen in Time

“David Blane: Frozen in Time” (December 29, 2000)

BRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS David Blaine wows his audience. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL FILM INFORMATION NETWORK: ABC FILMING LOCATIONS: Duomo Gym, Historic Nyack Ice house, Times Square New York City RUNNING TIME: 23 Minutes CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITERS: Barry Goodman, Adam Gibgot DIRECTOR: Roger Goodman PRODUCER: Jackie Stolfi EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Blaine, Nancy Stern LINE PRODUCER: …

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The Concert for New York City

“The Concert for New York City” (October 20, 2001)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A benefit concert for the Robin Hood Relief fund held shortly after the attacks on September 11 of 2001. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION GENRE: Benefit Concert SETTING: New York City New York; USA STATION: VH1 FILMING LOCATIONS: New York City New York; USA AIR DATE: October 20 2001 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION …

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NBC's 75th Anniversary Special

“NBC’s 75th Anniversary Special” (May 2, 2002)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A special celebrating NBC’s 75th anniversary. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION NETWORK: NBC AIR DATE: May 2, 2002 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITERS: Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Lorne Michaels, Paula Pell, Herbert Sargent, Michael Schur, Michael Shoemaker DIRECTOR: Beth McCarthy Miller EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Lorne …

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ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration

“ABC’s 50th Anniversary Special” (May 19, 2003)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A special celebrating ABC’s 50th anniversary. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION NETWORK: ABC AIR DATE: May 19, 2003 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITERS: Dave Boone, Jon Macks, Jeff Stilson DIRECTOR: Glenn Weiss EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Don Mischer SEGMENT PRODUCER: Jon Bloom ORIGINAL MUSIC: Billy Goldenberg CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kyle Kibbe ART DIRECTION: Alex Fuller COSTUMES: …

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Comedy Central's Roast of Denis Leary

“Comedy Central’s Roast of Denis Leary” (August 10, 2003)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The roast of Denis Leary attended by his entertainment pals. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Roast STATION: Comedy Central AIR DATE: August 10, 2003 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITER: David Feldman DIRECTOR: John Fortenberry EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Denis Leary, Jim Serpico CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Fortenberry, Tom Sellitti PRODUCER: Michel Armour CONSULTING PRODUCER: Doug …

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Comedy Gold

“Comedy Gold” (April 1, 2005)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A two-part documentary on the impact of Canadian comedians on the world of comedy. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL INFORMATION GENRE: Documentary STATION: CBC (Canadian Television) AIR DATE: April 1, 2005 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Martha Kehoe WRITERS: Alex Ganetakos, Martha Kehoe ORIGINAL MUSIC: Jim McGrath CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rick McVicar EDITOR: Craig Bateman, Alex …

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AFI's 10 Top 10

“AFI’s 10 Top 10” (June 17, 2008)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AFI counts down the top ten movies in their top ten favorite genres. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION FULL TITLE: AFI’s 10 Top 10: America’s 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres GENRE: Documentary NETWORK: CBS AIR DATE: June 17, 2008 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION WRITER: Richard Schickel DIRECTOR: Gary Smith EXECUTIVE …

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Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

“Always Looking Up” (May 7, 2009)

NOTE: I did not see this program at the time of airing and therefore did not get any information from that airing. The IMDB.com does not have it on the site anywhere and I haven’t been able to find much about this special. I will update this page as soon as I can find some …

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Canada for Haiti

“Canada for Haiti” (January 22, 2010)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A benefit to aid Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION GENRE: Benefit Program AIR DATE: January 22, 2010 NETWORK: CBC FILMING LOCATION: Toronto, Ontario; Canada CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION DIRECTOR: David Russell PRODUCER: Carli Posner SENIOR PRODUCER: Claire Adams CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: George Stroumboulopoulos DISTRIBUTORS: CBC Television, CTV, …

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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

“2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony” (February 28, 2010)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION NETWORK: NBC AIR DATE: February 28, 2010 ——————————————————————————– CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION ——————————————————————————– APPEARANCES BY Michael J. Fox…Speaker ——————————————————————————– EXTRAS Video The closing ceremonies in their entirety

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Dateline NBC 20th Anniversary Special

“Dateline’s 20th Anniversary Special” (May 22, 2012)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION A special episode of Dateline NBC celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary on the air. ——————————————————————————– GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION NETWORK: NBC AIR DATE: May 22, 2012 CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION ——————————————————————————– APPEARANCES BY Michael J. Fox Jane Pauley ——————————————————————————– EXTRAS More details to come! Until then, this article covers the special.

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