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Here’s The ‘Today’ Scene From ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’

NBC premiered its new comedy series “The Michael J. Fox Show” this week, and as we reported back in May, the team from “Today” makes a guest appearance as, well, themselves.

Early on in the episode, Fox’s “Mike Henry,” a local news anchor, runs into Matt Lauer, who he has a “rivalry” with. Later on, he appears on the morning program, with special appearances by Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Peter Alexander.

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‘Today’ Team Pops Up In Trailer For New NBC Michael J. Fox Comedy

NBC is holding its upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall this morning, and one of the new comedies for the Fall has a TV news plotline.

“The Michael J. Fox Show,” starring, well, Michael J. Fox, has the actor and comedian playing a local TV news anchor named Mike Henry who returns to work after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

NBC just released the trailer for the show, which features plenty of jokes at NBC’s expense, and a special appearance by the “Today” anchor team of Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, who interview “Mike Henry” on the morning program. TVNewser hears that “most, if not all” of the major NBC News anchors will appear on the program at least once, playing themselves.

Watch the trailer, after the jump.
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NBC News Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Dateline’

“Dateline,” formerly known as “Dateline NBC”, will mark 20 years on the air with a primetime special next week.

The show’s host, Lester Holt will present highlights of the last 20 years, including new interviews from some of the most memorable stories: Jane Pauley‘s 2003 chat with Michael J. Fox about his Parkinson’s and Tom Brokaw‘s 2005 profile of Aron Ralston, the hiker featured in the film 127 Hours.

From big interviews to murder mysteries, to hidden-camera investigations and documentaries, the show has seen many adjustments over the years.

“‘Dateline’ has gone through many changes,” says Senior EP David Corvo, “but one thing that hasn’t changed is the loyalty and enthusiasm of its audience. We are grateful for that.”

“Dateline NBC” made its debut in 1992 and suffered a serious black eye a few months in. In November 1992, Dateline aired a report titled “Waiting to Explode” about GM pickups allegedly exploding upon impact during accidents due to the poor design of fuel tanks. “Dateline” set up a low speed accident showing the the fuel tank explode. But, unbeknownst to viewers, NBC producers rigged the truck with an incendiary device. GM filed an anti-defamation/libel lawsuit against NBC which was settled. Dateline’s EP and two other producers were dismissed and NBC News president Michael Gartner resigned under pressure.

Dateline’s 20th Anniversary Special airs Tuesday at 10pmET/PT, 9pmCT Tuesday night.

Michael J. Fox, real-life House featured in Sanjay Gupta specials

Tonight and tomorrow night, CNN presents two more specials from chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Tonight, Gupta interviews actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox about his experience with Parkinson’s disease and his foundation’s decision to fund a five-year, clinical study to identify the disease’s progression. A Conversation With Michael J. Fox airs tonight at at 8pmET on CNN.

Then tomorrow night at 8:00, a second special, Doctor Detectives, will debut. Taking a page from FOX’s House,  Gupta profiles Dr. William Gahl, director of the Undiagnosed Diseases Division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as he and his team diagnose and treat conditions that medical science does not yet understand.