Thirty years after blazing across our screens as the briefcase toting teen Alex P. Keaton, Michael J. Fox returns to NBC.
Fox's half-hour show is expected to be a family comedy inspired by the actor's own life. He's teaming up with Sam Laybourne (writer of Arrested Development and Cougar Town) and Will Gluck (director of Easy A).
According to Vulture, their inside sources said there was some pretty heavy competition between the four major networks, (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) to get Michael's show. NBC won out when chief Robert Greenblatt and entertainment division chief Jen Salke offered a rarity in today’s prime time television. Without first having a pilot, they committed to airing a full season of 22 episodes of the show.
The new show, reports Rolling Stone, “stars Fox as a husband and father of three in New York juggling family, career and various challenges, including Parkinson's disease.”
"I'm extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show," Fox said in a statement. NBC Entertainment chairman "Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I'm excited to get to work."
Episodes will begin airing in the fall of 2013 although a date, time and day of week has not been announced.
"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 Greenblatt. "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.”
The veteran actor’s last sitcom was Spin City, which ran from 1996-2002, and only ended because of his Parkinson's diagnosis. Since that time, he has been seen off and on in various television programs including The Good Wife, Boston Legal and Rescue Me.