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Actor Michael J. Fox is to make a comeback to primetime TV in May with a new special celebrating optimism.

“Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” will hit the ABC Network on May 7 and will follow the actor as he spreads his positive attitude to others during a time of economic turmoil.

“For everything this disease has taken, something with greater value has been given,” said Fox, who revealed he had Parkinson’s Disease in 1997. “So, sure, it may be one step forward and two steps back, but after a time with Parkinson’s, I’ve learned that what is important is making that one step count.”

The 47-year-old traveled around the world for the TV special, visiting the Himalayan nation of Bhutan – which he says is unusually committed to the well-being of its citizens – and Washington for Barack Obama's inauguration. The show will feature interviews with both famous and everyday people on how they create optimism and hope.

“The whole world, shaken by economic woes, is taking a closer look at optimism,” said a spokesperson for the ABC. "Imagine a country which measures its success with a figure for “Gross National Happiness” instead of Gross National Product. Fox visits the secluded Himalayan nation of Bhutan, a modern day Shangri La that stresses the importance of joy in everything it does. Can happiness actually be legislated? Fox is fascinated by this nation’s commitment to the positive well-being of its citizens."

The show will air at 10pm on the ABC on May 7.

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