Returning to the network that originally turned him into a household name, Michael J. Fox and his untitled family comedy project have been snatched up by NBC. Outbidding the other three major broadcast networks, the Peacock offered to bypass the pilot process and committed to a full season of twenty-two episodes, due to premiere in the fall of 2013.
Thirty years after his role as Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties made him one of the most recognizable faces in the history of television, Fox will portray a character that mirrors his own life as a husband and father living in New York and dealing with a variety of issues, including Parkinson's disease.
This single-camera comedy will mark a return to full-time television series for Fox, who last starred in ABC's Spin City from 1996 until 2000 after his Parkinson's diagnosis forced him to leave the show. He was replaced by Charlie Sheen for the final two seasons, although his character was said to have moved to Washington, DC, and butted heads with a senator by the name of Alex P. Keaton as a nod to his previous role. Since then, Fox has maintained a recurring role on CBS drama The Good Wife and appeared as himself on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm in an episode that revolved around Fox possibly using his Parkinson's tremors as an excuse to be a bully, earning Emmy Award nominations for both parts.
According to Deadline, the new show was co-created by Sam Laybourne and Will Gluck—both of whom have worked on underappreciated single-camera comedies in ABC's Cougar Town and FOX's The Loop, respectively—and will begin filming later this year. No word yet on whether Meredith Baxter-Birney will play Fox's mother, as she did on Family Ties and Spin City.
This sounds like an interesting concept in this format and Michael J. showed that he still has his comedy chops on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Are you anxiously awaiting his return to full-time TV?