Michael J. Fox will be returning to television with a new sitcom, and all the networks want it. Studios have entered a bidding war over the Back to the Future star's new series, which he's crafting with director Will Gluck (Easy A) and Arrested Development writer Sam Laybourne, according to an exclusive report from Vulture.
The series, which will likely premiere in 2013, is reportedly inspired by Fox's own life (Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991). The networks really want this new series, though, and Fox is fielding plenty of offers from all the major ones.
Most networks are offering an automatic pilot production commitment, according to Vulture, but there's rumors of one network offering to bring the new sitcom straight to series -- a rarity in television, especially for a major network. CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX are all reportedly chasing the series, though at this point, we're just going to have to wait for the water to clear before we can figure out exactly where the series is going.
Fox starred for seven seasons on NBC's Family Ties, from 1982 to 1989, during which he also got his big break as the star of the Robert Zemeckis-directed Back to the Future film trilogy, which became massive pop culture staples. From 1996 to 2001, he starred in the first four seasons of the ABC series Spin City, exiting after his Parkinson's symptoms worsened (he was replaced as star of the series by ticking time bomb Charlie Sheen).
More recently, Fox appeared as himself on HBO's comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, and had a recurring role on CBS's The Good Wife as a corporate lawyer who uses his disability to his advantage.
We'll keep you posted on any more news that develops from this Michael J. Fox sitcom feeding frenzy.