Michael J Fox returning to TV in new comedy

Tuesday August 21, 2012

Michael J Fox is returning to TV more than a decade after he left to concentrate on fighting Parkinson's disease.

His new comedy series, based loosely on his personal life, features Michael as a father-of-three in New York City, dealing with his family, career and challenges which include Parkinson's.

The 51-year-old has said that he is: "extremely pleased to be back."

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment called Michael "utterly relatable, optimistic and in a class by himself".

Multi-Emmy-award-winner Michael, who first won stardom for the hit comedy Family Ties, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991.

In 2000, he withdrew from acting and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's. 

But in May, the Back to the Future star said that a new drug regime has helped him control the tics that are a result of the disease, allowing his return to acting.

The show is to premiere in autumn 2013.

Photo: © Rex

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