Michael J. Fox television comedy picked up by NBC
It's official! Michael J. Fox is returning to television.
NBC announced in a statement on August 20, that they have given a straight-to-series order for Fox's untitled comedy loosely based on his life. The show was given a 22-episode commitment.
The pick-up by the network is a homecoming of sorts for Fox, who began his career on the network starring on the series "Family Ties."
"I'm extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show," Fox said in a statement. "Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I'm excited to get to work."
On the show, Fox will play a husband and father of three kids from New York City who tries to deal with family, career and Parkinson's disease. The show will be a single-camera series and will begin filming this year. It is set for a Fall 2013 premiere date. Further casting announcements will be revealed at a later date.
"To bring Michael J. Fox back to NBC is a supreme honor and we are thrilled that one of the great comedic television stars is coming home again," Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.
"From the moment we met with Michael to hear his unique point of view about this new show, we were completely captivated and on board," Greenblatt added. "He is utterly relatable, optimistic, and in a class by himself, and I have no doubt that the character he will create -- and the vivid family characters surrounding him -- will be both instantly recognizable and hilarious. Being in business with him is a supreme pleasure."
"Easy A" and "Friends with Benefits" director Will Gluck co-created the series with Sam Laybourne, producer and writer for "Cougartown" and a writer on "Arrested Development." Gluck and Laybourne will also serve as executive producers. Gluck will direct the pilot.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the largest private funder of Parkinson's disease research worldwide.
During the past three years, Fox has had guest and recurring spots on shows such as CBS' "The Good Wife," HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and FX's "Rescue Me." He told ABC News in May that he had in recent months returned to acting more regularly as a result of a new drug regimen that helps control his tics.
Fox made his on-screen debut on an episode of the show "The Beachcombers" in 1973. His breakout role came in 1982, when he began playing charming Young Republican high schooler Alex P. Keaton on the comedy series "Family Ties," which ended in 1989.
He became even more famous when he appeared in the 1985 sci-fi movie "Back To The Future" as time-traveling teenager Marty McFly. The film became a cult hit and spurred two sequels.
Fox went on to star in films such as "Doc Hollywood" in 1991 and "The American President" in 1995. He also provided the voice of the dog Chance in the "Homeward Bound" films, the title character in the "Stuart Little" movies and Milo in Disney's 2001 animated movie "Atlantis: The Lost Empire." He also appeared in the sci-fi comedy film "Mars Attacks!," which was released in 1996.
That year, he returned to television full-time in 1996 with the comedy series "Spin City," playing New York City's deputy mayor. He quit the ABC show in 2000, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. Charlie Sheen then joined the series.
Fox continued to act sporadically and in 2006, he played the recurring role of Daniel Post on the legal comedy "Boston Legal."