NBC has dibs on the Michael J. Fox sitcom networks were fighting over last week. The project has Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development, Cougartown) on board as writer and Will Gluck (Easy A) as executive producer and director so it’s understandable that such a comedic powerhouse would highly sought . The Hollywood Reporter says NBC has gone ahead and ordered 22 episodes of the single camera series which is aimed to premiere Fall 2013. They will begin production this year. The comedic series is loosely based on Fox’s life dealing with Parkinson’s disease, as a husband and father of three, living in New York City. The series was picked up without producers even having to create a pilot.
In a statement, NBC’s chairman Robert Greenblatt said about the series, “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 pleasure of the highest order.”
Fox, of course, got his big break on NBC’s Family Ties, on which he starred from 1982-89. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, and retired from acting in 2001 after spending five years starring on Spin City. Since then, however, the 51-year-old has guested on several shows such as The Good Wife, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Scrubs and Rescue Me.
Below, check out a video of Fox talking about living with Parkinson’s.