With a star like Michael J. Fox at the helm, who needs pilot season? NBC has given a full series order to Fox’s untitled new sitcom after a bidding war with several other networks. It marks Fox’s return to the network that launched his career with “Family Ties.”
Usually, networks require a pilot episode before they’ll make a series commitment, but NBC has given a 22-episode season order to this show based only on the script by “Easy A” writer Will Gluck and “Cougar Town’s” Sam Laybourne. It’ll be a tentpole of their Fall 2013 lineup.
It marks Fox’s first full-time return to series television since he left “Spin City” in 2000 due to the increasingly visible symptoms of his early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. Fox’s condition will be incorporated into his new series, which is the semi-biographical story of an NYC-based father of three.
“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,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. “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 supreme pleasure.”
“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 adds.