Michael J. Fox is going back to NBC — the network that made him a household name — for his return to comedy series TV.
Fox will play a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges — including Parkinson’s — all loosely drawn from Fox’s real life.
NBC outbid other broadcast networks to land the new family comedy by offering to commit to one full season’s worth of episodes, sight unseen.
Fox, who last appeared as a sitcom regular in ABC’s “Spin City” in the 90s, will star in the new comedy about which details are scarce, except that it would be based on his personal family life. Fox left “Spin City” in 2000, after revealing publicly that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease; he was replaced by Charlie Sheen on that show.
In theory, the new comedy, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment, is a perfect fit for NBC under its new marching orders. Last month, at Summer TV Press Tour 2012, the network’s entertainment division chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics that while appreciative of the “sophisticated” NBC comedies — “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Community,” “The Office,” etc. — he inherited when he joined the network in January 2011, he is determined to broaden out the network’s comedy lineup.
But don’t look for Fox’s comedy on NBC’s lineup this coming TV season — the network said in Monday’s announcement the show would debut in the Fall of 2013.
“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,” said Greenblatt. “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.”