Michael J. Fox returns to NBC with new comedy
August 21st, 2012
10:23 AM ET

Michael J. Fox returns to NBC with new comedy

Art will soon imitate life for Michael J. Fox, as the actor's set to star in a new 22-episode comedy series on NBC that'll have a personal spin.

The as-yet-untitled show will see Fox portray a husband and father of three dealing with Parkinson's disease in addition to family and career challenges inspired by the actor's life, NBC said in a statement.

President of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, said Fox "had us at hello," adding that his pitch for a show that's "funny, heartwarming and personal was the icing on the cake."

This new comedy not only marks Fox's return to being a regular on series television, but also a homecoming of sorts for the 51-year-old - he also starred in NBC's classic '80s sitcom "Family Ties" as Alex P. Keaton.

“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 NBC's Chairman of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt. “I have no doubt that the character he will create – and the vivid family characters surrounding him – will be both instantly recognizable and hilarious.”

Additional casting will be announced at a later date, but NBC has confirmed that "Easy A" and "Friends with Benefits" director Will Gluck is on board as an executive producer and co-creator, along with Sam Laybourne ("Arrested Development" and "Cougar Town"). Gluck will also direct the pilot for the series, which is expected to bow in the fall of 2013.

Fox said in the statement from NBC that he's “extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show ... all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I'm excited to get to work.”

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  1. make the hurting stop

    This is a terrible idea of a show and it'll just end up as a pity party for Fox. I don't want to see a comedy about someone dealing with advanced stage Parkinson's Disease. You all know that all of the scenes will just have him standing in one place or sitting down so we don't see all of his movements. His voice is affected by the disease as well. This is really messed up. Let's add in a grandfather with Alzheimer's dementia. That'll be really hilarious.

    August 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beck

    who cares...michael is probably more fun then charlie

    August 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. angry

    Who is Michael J. Fox? Is he related to Charlie Sheen? He kind of looks like him. Charlie doesn't shake as much, though.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. marguerite(white)

    happy to see you mike. can't wait for the show.

    August 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |


    August 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Beatlejeff

    Great News and the new show.....why not make a Back to the Future IV?? 🙂

    August 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. downszdiva

    Oh no! Does this mean he won't be guest starring on "The Good Wife"? He's so damn good as the snarky anti-hero to Will & Alicia.

    August 22, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michael Calaizzo

    He is very brve.

    August 22, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. MJF

    its true!. parkinson's is the worst. his body shaking was awful, he could not work and i'm sure he suffered sadness we could not even comprehend.

    today there are different treatments that are working for him and others patients. his foundation has located medications that can control these awful tremors.

    he's been sick since he's 39 years old, he deserves to have some fun and and go back to doing what he loves to do!

    August 22, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jones

      Actually he started showing systems when he was only 29 and was officially diagnosed when he was 30! But didn't come out publicly until 1998, when he was 37.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    I will definitely watch this show. Fox you are truly amazing!

    August 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    Greetings folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MJF

    Michael is a very sick man, he has finally found the right combination of medications that are keeping his shakes to a minimum. He is a very humble, gracious man yet still has that fun personality and loves to make people laugh.

    Michael..your fans have missed you, we're glad your better and can't wait to see you on television.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shakes the clown


    August 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Col

    Welcome back Mr. Fox. I will watch your show and enjoy your humor and grace. It will be a gift to us all. We (well most of us) will learn from you. I admire you and I'm looking forward to having you make me laugh while educating me. Rock on my brother. Show us how it's done.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick from L.A.

    Welcome back Michael J. Fox, we missed you!

    August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mos Dr Jam

    Instead of gettin jiggy he gets jiggly.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Elise Keaton

    Its Shake and Bake and I helped.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Elise Keaton

    I bet he can make a mean milkshake ! Shake it up baby, twist and shout ! He's from Shaker Heights and I think there was just a trembler.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Michael J

    oh boy...lol

    August 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sokman

    Yeah, that sounds like something I'd say. Its below me to throw in a milkshake joke or something...

    August 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Michael J

    he'll be on top of his game again. i'll be there to watch also.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  22. gg

    good come back for him. he loves to laugh and it will be a good jump for his career.
    the guy is really a sweetie.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. sarcasm0

    This will flop. Mark it down. No one wants to watch him as he awkwardly fumbles through his real life disease for laughs.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jessica

    He was great playing Webster and will be equally great on this. He is since guy.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Snorlax

    Fox is a class act, and Parkinson's is definitely no picnic. I wish him the best with this. I am sure it will thrive given the amount of garbage on the air presently.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Tate

    mike was never gay right?

    August 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nate

    He gots that hippy hippy shaaaake.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Two

    Michael is the king of sitcom...now this i will watch!

    August 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. shoesweetie

    He's so talented and funny..I 'm gald he's back

    August 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sokman

    he worked on a few sitcoms that were successful, wish i could see more of him on tv.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lawanda

    I heard he is very popular at parties. They let him mix the drinks instead of using a blender.

    August 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Two

    glad to see him he looks great

    August 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  33. jillmarie

    I will definately be watching this- great ideas for his new show! Tracey Pollan should play his wife- and they should name her character Ellen! Like old times on Family Ties, which I grew up watching. I think it's great he is bringing such awareness to his condition.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  34. marina

    i love michael j fox. i wish he were back on tv. he is a very funny actor

    August 21, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Two

      Me too. Did you see him in The Hunger Games. He was excellent as Rue. Pure talent.

      August 21, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  35. Elmo

    I can not believe little Webster is 51 years old. That makes me realllly ancient.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  36. Melinda

    He was so awesome on Webster. He has come a long way, baby.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  37. Smitty

    I hope his dad is ok. He was working for PBS back in the 80s when Alex was in high school. Plus I sure hope Mallory isn't still dating that hoodlum looking boy. I always thought he was nothing but trouble – wearing a leather jacket and wanting to be an artiste.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |

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