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Michael J. Fox to make prime-time comeback

Fox has partnered with Arrested Development writer and Easy A director on new TV show

 

Michael J. Fox is launching a new TV series after a twelve-year retirement from full-time acting. Vulture reports the show, which will be a comedy “inspired by” Fox’s life, is already the object of a bidding war among the major networks.

Though he is set to be a full-time cast member, Michael J. Fox isn’t the only major name on the show’s ticket. Sam Laybourne, writer for Arrested Development, and Will Gluck, director of Easy A, are joining with Fox on the venture. The show is being developed by Sony Pictures Television and is expected to release in 2013, with a possibility for going straight to series, according to Vulture. The title and plot are still under wraps, but the show is reported to be set in New York City.

So, which network is likely to land this big hitter? That’s a difficult call because of Fox’s prolific TV history, writes Vulture’s Josef Adalian. Michael J. Fox has worked with CBS on The Good Wife, NBC on Family Ties, and ABC on Spin City.

Michael J. Fox retired from acting full-time in 2000, after having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. However, he has since had guest roles on several shows, including Rescue Me, Boston Legal, The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm – the last two receiving Emmy nominations this year.

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