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Report: New Michael J. Fox series in the works

One of TV's most beloved stars may be headed back to prime time.

Report: New Michael J. Fox series in the works

One of TV's most beloved stars may be headed back to prime time.

Michael J. Fox, who starred in "Family Ties" and "Spin City" but stepped away from the grueling schedule of a sitcom star at the height of his career because of the strain of fighting Parkinson's disease, is developing a single-camera comedy for 2013, reports Vulture, which quotes sources as saying the project would be "inspired" by the actor's own life.

Fox is said to be teaming with director Will Gluck ("Easy A") and writer Sam Laybourne ("Arrested Development," "Cougar Town") on the show, which Vulture says has already been pitched to the four major networks.

Apparently it's now just a question of which one backs up the biggest truck. (Or, perhaps, is willing to make a deal that will allow Fox to maintain a schedule that doesn't risk his health.)

In recent years, the "Back to the Future" star has had recurring roles in "Boston Legal," "Rescue Me" and most recently CBS' "The Good Wife," all of which were written with his symptoms in mind.

He won a guest actor Emmy for "Rescue Me" and is nominated for two more this year -- one in drama, for "The Good Wife," and the other in comedy, for playing himself on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." (These are in addition to the three he won for "Family Ties" and the one for "Spin City.")

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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