Michael J. Fox Returning to NBC; Network Orders 22 Episodes of his New Sit-Com Before Pilot is Shot

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August 20th, 2012

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Series – from Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment – Will Follow a Husband and Father of Three from New York Dealing with Family, Career, and Challenges Loosely Drawn From Fox’s Real Life




UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 20, 2012 – Iconic film and television star Michael J. Fox, a current double Emmy nominee, is making his long-awaited return to series television on NBC, the network where it all began 30 years ago with “Family Ties,” it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. This new (untitled) comedy series, from Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment, was given a 22-episode commitment and is loosely inspired by people and elements in Fox’s life.


“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 supreme pleasure.”


"We have all been such huge fans of Michaels and hoped one day he would return to television with his own show,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “He had us at hello with his warmth, humor and incredible charisma. The fact that he pitched us a show that was funny, heartwarming and personal was the icing on the cake! We are over the moon and thankful Michael, Will (Gluck) and Sam (Laybourne) will be a cornerstone of our NBC comedy brand."


“I'm extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show,” said Fox. “Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I'm excited to get to work.”


The single-camera series will begin filming this year for a Fall 2013 premiere date. It features Fox as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges -- including Parkinson’s -- all loosely drawn from Fox’s real life. Further casting will be announced at a later date.


The executive producers and co-creators are Will Gluck (“Easy A,” “Friends with Benefits” “The Loop”) and Sam Laybourne (“Cougar Town,” “Arrested Development”), with Gluck producing through his Sony Television-based Olive Bridge Entertainment. Olive Bridge’s Richard Schwartz will co-executive produce. Gluck also will direct the pilot.


Fox, who is currently a two-time Emmy nominee for his guest-starring performances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Good Wife,” first gained mass attention for his work as Alex Keaton on NBC’s popular “Family Ties” and won three Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. Major feature-film successes followed, including “Teen Wolf,” “Back to the Future,” “Bright Lights, Big City” and “Casualties of War.”


Fox later starred in the hit comedy series “Spin City,” for which he received another Emmy, three Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He later appeared in two episodes of “Scrubs” and became a recurring regular on “Boston Legal,” earning another Emmy nomination. His other prominent TV appearances include “Rescue Me” (for which he won the Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series) and recently in “The Good Wife,” which has earned him two Emmy nominations.


His other films include “The Frighteners,” “Doc Hollywood,” “The American President,” “Mars Attacks!” “Back to the Future II” and “Back to the Future III.” Fox also provided the voice to the title character in the animated film “Stuart Little” and its sequel.


Fox founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease while ensuring the development of improved therapies and raising public awareness of Parkinson’s.


Fox has written three NY Times best-sellers: “Lucky Man: A Memoir,” “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future.”




Richard Licata, Executive Vice President, Communications for NBC Entertainment, 818/777-3368, richard.licata@nbcuni.com

Rebecca Marks, NBC Entertainment Publicity for NBC Entertainment, 818/777-3030, rebecca.marks@nbcuni.com




  • Jay

    Didn’t he leave Spin City years ago because he didn’t think his degenerative illness would allow him to keep filming a regular television series? Oh well, good luck to him and NBC…

  • Matt

    Worst thing about this? Less MJF on The Good Wife.

  • a p garcia

    As good an actor as Michael J. Fox is it won’t be worth watching if the writing is not there but I hope it will be something on NBC worth watching.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Wow, a show about a working father and kids and trying to cope with life, This theme hasn’t been done before — should be a smash and so refreshing.

  • a p garcia

    I wonder if we will see a return of Alex P. Keaton!

  • Potato

    1. Revolutionary sitcoms don’t work. They become about the ideas, not being funny. So suggesting this will flop because it’s not “original” enough is illogical. Everything is either Friends or Modern Family. Why? Because it works. And I don’t think there’s any shame in this, because sitcoms are comfort food.

    2. What’s with the single-cam hate? I mean, I get drawing logic between, well, 20 years ago NBC did multi-cam and had hits, but there were no single cams then. It’s like scorning cell phones because they weren’t around in the 70’s. Did we get along without them? Yes. Does that make cell phones bad? No. And for the record, except for on this site, I’ve heard people say they won’t watch shows with laugh tracks/audience, never that they WOULDN’T watch a show unless it had one! (And I’m 20, solidly the demo.)

  • Alex

    For those asking from what I remember Michael J Fox left Spin City not simply because he felt he couldn’t cope with the schedule of shooting but because he had started to develop the overt symptoms of Parkinson’s. That’s a big and probably quite a terrifying thing for someone to go through and doing it in front of the world on a weekly sitcom isn’t exactly easy. In addition when you first start to develop those overt physical signs of Parkinson’s you don’t know how you’re going to cope with them, how everyone else is going to cope with them nor what impact they’ll have or how serious they’ll become.

    I’d also point out its been a decade+ since he left Spin City. He’ll have a better understanding of how to manage his condition. There have been medical advances. And I think the audience is probably now much more comfortable with it than they would have been. I’d also suggest that a single camera show gives them a lot more room to work around his condition than a mutli-cam show would have.

    I feel relatively confident saying that NBC haven’t picked this up to attract people under 25. They want him to grab the attention of a much wider audience than that. Plus whether or not people under the age of 25 know who he is doesn’t really matter. Fox making a full time return to television already is (and will be) a major entertainment story that’ll grab a lot more free promotion for the show.

  • RG-X

    Michael J. Fox’s TV shows have all been successful – I think that’s what NBC is banking on –

    —besides NBC has nowhere to go but up – so they have NOTHING to lose.

  • Darklord

    NBC will become the new CW. They haven’t read the script yet they order 22 episodes. Stupid move. No wonder this network is such a mess.

  • Jessie


    WOW! You are truly idiotic and an genuinely terrible person. Based off of the ignorance you’ve already displayed, I would have to say you probably wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference between a single and multi camera show if the networks didn’t tell you because the impression you’re leaving of yourself is that you’re idiocy really does go that far. You clearly have some issues, and a prejudice against people with disabilities as you feel the need to point them out and use it as insult. You are completely disgusting and should just STFU!

  • Vixx

    I don’t see how so many people are coming to the conclusion that NBC have bought a dud show when the show in question is the brainchild of a man for whom everything televisual he touches turns to gold.

    Name one duff TV show Fox has been involved with. Family Ties? Spin City? Scrubs? Good Wife? No?

    Must be another Michael J. Fox you lot are all talking about. Or, indeed, as one of you muppets called him, Michael Keaton. (Really, if you can’t even get his name right, you have no opinion worth listening to.)

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