Michael J. Fox returning in NBC Comedy Series


NBCThe star of the 1980s NBC series “Family Ties” who downsized his career while battling Parkinson’s, will return to the network in a starring role for a comedy set for next year. NBC ordered 22 episodes of the unnamed show from Sony’s TV studio.

We recently reported Fox will be returning to television screens, thanks to a new drug regimen involving a combination of drugs to effectively control the tics that are characteristic of Parkinson’s disease.

Michael will be working with Will Gluck, director of the film ‘Easy A,’ and writer Sam Laybourne, whose credits include “Cougar Town” and ‘Arrested Development’.

“We are thrilled that one of the great comedic television stars is coming home again,” Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in the statement. “Being in business with him is a supreme pleasure.”

The show will be based loosely on Fox’s real life, following a husband and father of three from New York dealing with family, career and challenges, including Parkinson’s, NBC said in an announcement. The single-camera series will begin shooting this year, with episodes scheduled to air around September 2013, NBC said.