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Michael J. Fox Comedy Gets Green Light From NBC

Actor to play character inspired by his real life

August 21, 2012 9:35 AM ET
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Michael J. Fox.
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NBC has picked up 22 episodes of Michael J. Fox's new TV show, a single-camera sitcom inspired by the actor's real life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show, which is still untitled, stars Fox as a husband and father of three in New York juggling family, career and various challenges, including Parkinson's disease. Filming begins this year, with a series debut expected for fall 2013.

"I'm extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show," Fox said in a statement. NBC Entertainment chairman "Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I'm excited to get to work."

Also on board is writer Sam Laybourne, who's penned scripts for Arrested Development and Cougar Town, while Easy A director Will Gluck will executive produce and direct (including the pilot) from his own Olive Bridge Entertainment.

"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 pleasure of the highest order."

Fox has had a lengthy television career with memorable turns on NBC's Family Ties, ABC's Spin City and FX's Rescue Me. Most recently he scored Emmy nominations for his roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife.

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