NBC Wins Bid for Michael J. Fox Sitcom

     August 20, 2012


Well that didn’t take long! It was only last week that we reported on TV networks buzzing over a new sitcom from Michael J. Fox, with director Will Gluck (Easy A) and writer Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development). Now reports have NBC winning a big bidding war to land the project, which Fox will star in.  This bodes well for NBC, which finished third at the end of last season’s network ratings.  The deal is even sweeter for Fox, as the network has committed to a 22-episode run before a pilot has even been filmed.  Hit the jump for more details on how the deal went down and what this means for Fox fans in the future.

Vulture follows up onmichael-j-fox-sitcom the story they broke last week, saying that NBC narrowly edged out CBS to land the Fox project.  ABC was actually expected to win since they held the scheduling advantage with a half-hour time slot at 9:30pm on Wednesdays following Modern Family.  Fox’s sitcom, which is said to be loosely based on his life, seemingly fit well into the ABC show framework,  but NBC was the network who walked away with the prize.  So what did they give up to get it?

NBC’s Robert Greenblatt made concessions for the creative team of the Fox and Sony Pictures Television project, as well as promising significant marketing muscle.  The move was compared with a deal CBS’s Leslie Moonves made over a decade ago to lure Bill Cosby back to television.

The half-hour sitcom will film in New York and is slated to appear in NBC’s lineup starting in the fall of 2013.  The year-long run-up will likely give NBC time to film a pilot and find a showrunner in advance of the rest of the shows vying for time slots.

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  • Mikey

    Goddamn it…. I was actually excited for this series, but NBC does a good job of ****ing things up. I give it 3 seasons before NBC cancels it, and it comes back as a ratings juggernaut somewhere else.

  • Thomas K.

    I’m REALLY looking forward to this show.
    But it is CLEAR and OBVIOUS that the NBC execs don’t know what they are doing, and are INCREDIBLY desperate.
    Just look at how they have handled almost any single one of their properties over the past 24 months or so after they replaced their President, or whoever it was they replaced.
    It’s funny because that was the one who brought back Office after the first 6 episode season, knowing it would be a big hit, even though everyone else wanted him to can the show and not renew a second season. If it wasnt for Office, there would be no Parks and Rec, there would basically be no NBC as we know it right now.
    They keep trying to become “CBS”, and failing miserably. It’s ridiculous.

    • Thomas K.

      Also, am I the only one who is increasingly annoyed with NBC’s refusal to release any Community on BR, OR Seasons 1-4 of Office on BR??!!?!!?!

      • Guh!

        Yes, you are the only one.

      • Zswick

        I know they’re aired in HD so this argument doesn’t make the most sense… but perhaps they don’t b/c they look much more like “sets” when you watch the show in HD. Just my perspective.

  • Dsimolke

    Fuck, this has some real potential.

  • RunnerX13

    Is Fox starring? Not really interested in seeing him on TV week after week.

    • Guh!

      Did you read the article?

      “Now reports have NBC winning a big bidding war to land the project, which Fox will star in.”