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Back To The TV: Michael J. Fox To Star In New Sitcom

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Michael J. Fox will be returning to our small screens very soon. He will star in a new NBC sitcom as a character battling Parkinson’s, the disease with which he has long waged a real life battle.

Fox finalized the deal on Monday, for a 22-episode commitment from NBC for a sitcom the network says it expects to debut in the fall of 2013.

Fox couldn’t be happier.

“I’m extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show,” the actor said of his return to the network that broadcast the show which catapulted him into superstardom, “Family Ties.”

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said the was honoured to bring Michael J. Fox back to NBC, hailing him “one of the great comedic television stars.”

Michael J. Fox’s character will be a New York City husband and father who lives with Parkinson’s disease, as Fox does in his real life). The as yet untitled project will see him working with director Will Gluck (“Easy A”) and writer Sam Laybourne (“Cougar Town” and “Arrested Development”).

“Back To The Future” star Fox (51) left “Spin City” in 2000 to focus on his battle with Parkinson’s disease; since then, the native Canadian has made cameos on show such as “Rescue Me,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Good Wife” but this would be his first major role for some time.

The five-time Emmy-winner told ABC in May that this resurgence of his acting career has been made possible by new medication that has helped calm his tics caused by the Parkinson’s.

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