After a ten-year absence from the small screen, Michael J. Fox is returning to a TV series over at NBC. This was officially announced by the network recently, which will be offering a 22-episode comedy series that is supposedly loosely-based on the personal life of the actor.
Fox left to focus on his struggle against Parkinson’s disease and will mark his comeback in a series that is schedule to premiere by fall of 2013. He is cast as a husband and a father living in New York City. Among the issues that the actor will deal with in the series is Parkinson’s disease.
The planned return of Fox on the small screen initially came out a week ago.
Among the co-creators and executive producers of the upcoming series are Sam Laybourne of “Cougar Town” and “Arrested Development” and Will Gluck of “Friends with Benefits” and “Easy A”. Gluck will also direct the pilot episode of the series.
Fox initially came into the limelight through “Family Ties” where he starred as Alex Keaton in a series that ran for seven seasons on NBC. According to Robert Greenbleat, NBC Entertainment chairman, it was honored to have Michael J. Fox return on NBC and the company is excited to have one of the best comedians on television to work with them again.
He described Fox as an optimistic and relatable person who is in a class in himself. On the other hand Fox was happy to return to NBC and work with an impressive creative team for the show. He left in 2000 around nine years after he was diagnosed to have Parkinson’s disease as he indicated that he wanted to concentrate on efforts in finding a cure for it.
He established the Michael J. Fox Foundation that aims to find the cure and encourage developing new therapies as well as increase awareness on the disease.
After he left the small screen he had some appearances on a number of shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Rescue Me”, “The Good Wife” and “Boston Legal”. However last May he revealed that a new drug therapy was able to control the tics associated with the disease and opened opportunities for more roles in shows.
Among the more notable past work of Fox include “Bright Lights, Big City”, “Teen Wolf”, “Casualties of War”, and the “Back to the Future” trilogy. He also received five Emmy awards in his career.