Michael J. Fox prepares for new show about his life
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Five-time Emmy Award-winner Michael J. Fox is preparing to star in a new television series, his first since leaving "Spin City" in 2000.
New York magazine's "Vulture" blog Wednesday said Fox, 51, who most recently played the recurring role of attorney Louis Canning in several episodes of "The Good Wife," has pitched his series proposal to all four networks, reportedly inciting a bidding war. Developed with director Will Gluck (2010's "Easy A," last year's "Friends with Benefits") and writer Sam Laybourne (a producer of TV's "Cougar Town"), the proposed single-camera comedy is inspired by Fox's own life and would air next year, Vulture said.
Fox played young Republican Alex P. Keaton in NBC's 1982-89 comedy hit "Family Ties" and Marty McFly in the 1985-90 "Back to the Future" trilogy before returning to TV with "Spin City" in 1996. He announced two years later that he had been diagnosed in 1991 with Parkinson's disease, a degenerative nervous-system disorder.
The actor established The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and since 2004 has guest-starred on "Scrubs," "Boston Legal" and "Rescue Me." He played a comically conniving version of himself last year in an Emmy-nominated guest spot of Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and has also done numerous voice roles in animated movies, including the lead in three "Stuart Little" features. Fox's spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fox has been married to Woodbury-raised actress Tracy Pollan since 1988. The couple has four children.