Michael J. Fox's ready to resume TV career
Michael J. Fox is planning a return to network television, according to Vulture.com. Wow, could there be happier news for a nation drowning in bad TV? According to the report, Fox is working to develop a show that would be based on his own life.
The Family Ties and Back to the Future star has been scarce on the tube since he announced he had Parkinson's disease in 1998 (though he'd known of his condition since 1990.) Fox luckily came through Hollywood at a time before all the feeding frenzy had begun for celebrity news, so there's plenty of undocumentated material to work with. He's always seemed to have a good head on his shoulders, so I'd expect this to be just a LITTLE bit more mature than the reality TV schlock we have to digest today.
Vulture says Fox has teamed up with director Will Gluck (Easy A) and writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town, Arrested Development) for a project with Sony Pictures Television; a launch is planned for 2013.
"All four major network chiefs have heard the pitch, and two industry sources — using phrases such as "feeding frenzy" and "bidding war" — tell us it's now just a matter of which network will offer the most attractive deal to Fox, Gluck, and Sony," Vulture reports. "Our spies say the project will, at the very least, get an automatic pilot production commitment; there's even industry buzz about one network offering to go straight to series, something that hardly ever happens in broadcast TV anymore."
Way to go, Vulture. Nice scoop.