Next week, a new show premieres on NBC called “Growing Up Fisher”. They’ve been promoting it pretty heavily during the commercial breaks of the Olympics, of which I have been absolutely glued (in my next life I’m coming back as an ice skater, I just know it). The premise of the show really caught my interest – the story chronicles Henry, an 11-year old boy, whose father Hal, is blind and about to get a guide dog. The show is based on the true story of executive producer DJ Nash.
Wondering if any of you have seen the promos and had any reaction to the show. I found myself scratching my head with some of the clips – one of which in particular was a little odd. Henry’s dad attempts to use a chainsaw to cut down a tree by himself; arguably not a safe endeavor for anyone who isn’t trained! In any case, he’s wearing safety goggles and his sister comments to Henry, “why is he wearing safety glasses??” As if being blind means you have no reason to protect your eyes because you can’t see. I’ve also seen several different clips of Hal driving a car, much to the shock and dismay of his friends and family.
Of course in another video, the actor voicing adult-Henry reflects back on his childhood and says, “my dad was blind, but he never let the fact that he couldn’t see keep him from doing anything.” There are also segments where Henry verbally explains the Olympic snowboarding tricks he’s watching as well as a curling match, which are quite cute and endearing.
What are your thoughts on this upcoming show? Are you offended in any way of the portrayal of Hal? Or is it just nice to see a blind character in a mainstream television show? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!