Michael J. Fox Returns to Primetime Television in NBC Comedy

After years of guest-starring on primetime, Michael J. Fox is returning to star in his own show this fall!

The multiple Emmy winner, whose last starring role on television was on Spin City (which he left in 2001), is set to play the lead in an upcoming new comedy for NBC, the network announced in a press release on Aug. 20.

NBC is so excited about the series it has already ordered a full season of 22 episodes, instead of the usual process of waiting to see how the pilot fares. 

Co-created by Easy A and Friends With Benefits director-producer Will Gluck  and Cougar Town and Arrested Development writer-producer Sam Laybourne, the untitled series will center around Fox playing a man very much like him -- a father of three living in New York City and dealing with the juggle of work, family and Parkinson's disease.

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

The network gushed about Fox, 51, returning to primetime.

"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," NBC president Robert Greenblatt said in a statement.

"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."

The new series will premiere on NBC in fall 2013.

 

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