NBC Nabs Michael J. Fox's Comedy About Dad With Parkinson's Disease
Michael J. Fox returns to NBC for his TV comeback. The network has snatched his new comedy and ordered 22 episodes of the show, which is inspired by the actor's real life. "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," NBC president Robert Greenblatt announces via a press release.
"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. 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."
Fox also comments on his upcoming return to NBC, "I'm extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show. Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I'm excited to get to work."
The untitled single-camera comedy will star the former "Spin City" actor as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges, including Parkinson's disease. Filming is scheduled to begin this year for a projected 2013 launch.
The show is being developed at Sony Pictures Television with "Arrested Development" scribe Sam Laybourne attached to pen the script, and "Easy A" director Will Gluck on board to serve as a helmer as well as an executive producer. Richard Schwartz will co-executive produce the project, which was previously reported to have launched a bidding war when it was shopped around to broadcast networks.
Fox starred on NBC's "Family Ties" from 1982 to 1989. The role led him to win three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. After his sitcom "Spin City" ended its run in 2001, the Canadian actor landed a number of guest-starring roles, including on "Rescue Me" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Most recently, he recurred as Louis Canning on "The Good Wife".
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