NBC Lands Michael J. Fox Series

Michael J. Fox (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

After an intense bidding war between four major broadcast networks, NBC has landed the new Michael J. Fox comedy in the actor’s return to series television, Deadline reports.

NBC has ordered the single-camera comedy to series with a full 22-episode order. “Cougar Town” writer Sam Laybourne and director Will Gluck (“The Loop”) are the team behind the series, which comes from Sony TV.

Looks like the actor’s “Family Ties” to the network may have come into play. NBC also aired the ’80s family sitcom in which Alex P. Keaton turned Michael J. Fox into a star.

The new series, also a family comedy, is inspired by Fox’s real life, with him playing a dad with an illness.

Fox, 51, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Since his sitcom “Spin City” ended in 2000, Fox has made guest-star appearances on such shows as “Rescue Me,” “Boston Legal” and “The Good Wife.”

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