NBC is getting back into business with Michael J. Fox. The peacock has handed a 22 episode straight-to-series order to a new comedy series headlined by Fox. This will be Fox’s first regular series gig since departing Spin City in the mid 90’s and also represents a return to NBC for the veteran actor who became a household name after starring in NBC’s Family Ties some 30 years ago.
The comedy series, which is currently untitled, stars Michael J. Fox as 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. Sony Pictures Television is producing, Will Gluck and Sam Laybourne are serving as executive producers, with Richard Schwartz on board as co-executive producer. Production on the series is slated to commence later this year for a fall 2013 premiere.
Speaking of the series, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said: “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. 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.”
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, commented: “We have all been such huge fans of Michael’s and hoped one day he would return to television with his own show. He had us at hello with his warmth, humor and incredible charisma. The fact that he pitched us a show that was funny, heartwarming and personal was the icing on the cake! We are over the moon and thankful Michael, Will (Gluck) and Sam (Laybourne) will be a cornerstone of our NBC comedy brand.”
While Michael J. Fox added: “I’m extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show. Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I’m excited to get to work.”