Michael J. Fox back to NBC via TV sitcom in 2013, based on family and Parkinson’s diseaseBy Angel Cuala on Aug 21, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Television •
Hollywood actor Michael J. Fox will be back to NBC via a TV sitcom. It will be based on family, career, and challenges including having Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1991. Filming is being expected to start this year and will premiere in 2013.
Michael J. Fox
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According to a report by NBC on its official website on Monday, August 20, 2012, Michael J. Fox will be returning to the network, where he started his TV career in the sitcom “Family Ties” from 1982 to 1989, and won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his role as Alex P. Keaton.
As noted in the report, NBC will air 22 full episodes of the still untitled single-camera comedy where Fox will play as a husband and father of three from New York City; which will be written by Sam Laybourne of “Arrested Development” and will be produced by “Friends With Benefits” director, Will Gluck.
“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,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, was quoted in the report, noting that being in business with him is a pleasure of the highest order.
“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 . . . will be both recognizable and hilarious.” Greenblatt added.
“I’m extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show. Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I’m excited to get to work.” Fox said, who is also known as Marty McFly in the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy.
Fox, 51, publicly announced in 1998 his condition of having a Parkinson’s disease, and semiretired from acting in 2000 when the symptoms started to get worst. He later became an activist for research toward finding a cure that led him to establish the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
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