Michael J. Fox Sitcom Goes Straight to Series at NBC

NBC, the network that, three decades ago, put Michael J. Fox on the map with Family Ties, has agreed to pick up his new single-camera comedy for a full 22-episode series sight unseen.

The show, penned by Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development, Cougar Town) and produced by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) and Sony Pictures Television, will reportedly be based on Michael J. Fox's own life story. Deadline says Michael J. Fox himself will be the star of the show, playing a father who suffers from "an illness."

Fox, Laybourne, and Gluck pitches the project to all four networks, but NBC won out after putting up an unspecified — but significant — amount of money

The unnamed sitcom will be shot in New York City, and is expected to premiere next fall.

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