UPDATE: It appears that NBC is the winner of the bidding war. The network has ordered the series (22 episodes) before a pilot has even been filmed. This will be the second series for Fox on NBC, the first being the ’80s sitcom Family Ties.
Michael J Fox is returning to TV and not in a guest starring role. The former Family Ties, Spin City, and Back to the Future actor will appear in a semi-autobiographical sitcom. Rumor has it that the major networks are so interested in getting back into the Fox business that there is a bidding war for the project.
Fox is teaming with writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and director Will Gluck (Easy A) on the single-camera comedy from Sony Pictures for a possible 2013 premiere.
Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, left Spin City in 2000, after 4 seasons, and said he intended to focus on helping find a cure for the disease.
Since then, he has been seen in memorable roles on The Good Wife, Rescue Me, and a very comedic turn as himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Fox has recently stated that he has found a regimen of medicine that has helped him control the ticks that come with Parkinson’s which has allowed him to take more acting jobs.
Personally, I’m exciting about the prospect of a new project for Fox. He has been one of my favorite actors ever since the Family Ties, Teen Wolf (yeah, really) and Back to the Future days. I was a huge fan of Spin City and the show didn’t have the same feel after Fox left. This possible show will definitely be on my radar and I hope it gets picked up.
You can find out more about his foundation for find a cure for Parkinson’s at the foundation’s website.