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Michael J. Fox returning to network TV

Michael J. Fox, in 1983, as conservative teenager

Michael J. Fox, in 1983, as conservative teenager Alex P. Keaton on the TV series “Family Ties” (left), and on Oct. 24, 2011. Struggling with Parkinson's for much of his life, Michael J. Fox founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation in pursuit of a cure. He still acts in addition to his activism. (Credit: AP)

Michael J. Fox, easily one of the most beloved stars in the history of network TV, will return to the network that made him so beloved so many years ago. Both NBC and the actor have confirmed a number of reports, most prominently from New York Magazine's “Vulture” website, that say Fox and NBC have a 22-episode commitment for a series to air in the fall of 2013. Reports of his return have circulated for days while NBC was considered the front-runner - if only because NBC is so very desperate to have a hit. (No name yet but don't expect “Back to the Future: Family Ties.") 

So, will this series be a hit? Suffice it to say, the risks are there: Fox suffers from Parkinson's though it certainly hasn't kept him from working and working memorably; check out the clip from the 8th season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm." (Warning: The clip contains some harsh language, but it does establish that  Fox still has his game serve.)  

“I'm extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show,” said Fox. “Bob Greenblatt [NBC Entertainment president] and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I'm excited to get to work.”

NBC said the untitled comedy will cast Fox “as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges -- including Parkinson’s -- all loosely drawn from Fox’s real life. Further casting will be announced at a later date."

"Family Ties” aired from '82 to '89 - NBC's golden years.

Tags: michael j. fox , family ties , nbc

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