Reports are coming in that Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future — though does this man need an introduction?) is teaming up with director Will Gluck (Easy A) and writer Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development) to create a single-camera comedy that should be set to air in 2013. Though the specifics of plot are unknown, sources say that the series may be inspired by Fox’s own life.
Fox has had some inspiring appearances of his own on other TV series lately, including a great Emmy-nominated turn as attorney Louis Canning on CBS’s critical hit The Good Wife, as well as a brief but memorable few episodes as a version of himself on Larry David‘s long-running HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. For more on Fox’s upcoming show, hit the jump.
According to Vulture, industry sources are using the phrases “feeding frenzy” and “bidding war” over the idea of the series, which is currently being developed by Sony Pictures. A pilot is almost guaranteed, with the idea of a straight-to-series commitment possible (somethings that’s virtually unheard of now on broadcast television).
As Vulture also points out, it’s of little surprise that Fox is so popular, being one of the very few child stars to make it out of the 80s still likable, marketable and without much scandal. Further, he has not let his early-onset Parkinson’s slow him down. His recent turns on other series prove he maintains the ability to connect with audiences, and moreover, does so with flare. Wherever his series ends up (he’s had relationships with several of the major networks before, so there’s no clear preference from an outsider perspective), it’s unlikely to be anything less than must-see television.