NBC Lands New Michael J. Fox Comedy
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He’s back! Michael J. Fox will return to network TV in a new NBC comedy series inspired by the actor’s life.
The unnamed comedy will premiere next year and star Fox as a New York City husband and father of three dealing with family, career and Parkinson’s disease.
Fox first gained fame in the 1980s NBC sitcom Family Ties. He won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of young Republican Alex P. Keaton. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced the actor’s return to the Peacock that made him a star in a statement issued Monday:
“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. I have no doubt that the character he will create — and the vivid family characters surrounding him — will be both instantly recognizable and hilarious.”
Fox, 51, was diagnosed with the central nervous system degenerative disorder in 1991. He didn’t disclose the condition publicly until 1998. He semi-retired from acting in 2000 as his symptoms worsened.
Since that time, the former Spin City star has worked as a voiceover actor in films such as Stuart Little and taken a host television guest roles on shows such as Boston Legal, Curb Your Enthusiasm and more recently The Good Wife.
In May, Fox told ABC News that a new drug regimen has helped him control the tics that are customary part of living with Parkinson’s, allowing him to take on more acting roles.
Fox is “extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show.”