Michael J. Fox, best known for his turn as Marty McFly in Back to the Future and his roles in the television series Family Ties and Spin City, is reportedly very happy about this return to the small screen, according to the Associated Press. It’s been 10 years since Fox has tackled a leading role, and he’s apparently ready and willing to give the project his all.
“I’m really excited about that. It’s a great idea and it’s a great group of people I’m working with and NBC has been really supportive of the idea, and obviously shown that they’re willing to take a chance on us,” he explained to the Associated Press.
The program, penned by Cougar Town writer Sam Laybourne, is a labor of love for the actor. The show will reportedly deal with Fox’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease, which the actor currently has under control.
“I was just feeling better and things are working for me medication-wise, and I just thought, ‘Why don’t I take this opportunity to do it?’ I wake up every day and I feel good and if I don’t go forward with something like this, it’s another day wasted when I should be doing what I’m doing,” he said.
In other Fox-related news, the actor recently marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by participating in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day, an event designed to raise money for various charities.
“This is not necessarily a somber event; I think this is more of a celebration, a celebration of humanity, and an acknowledgement of the needs of the people in the community,” Fox stated during a recent phone interview. “On a day when so many were affected by so few in such a negative way, it’s a great way for so few … to help the wider community in kind of reverse — the energy of that day, the negative energy of that day, with a positive show of support for the community.”
Michael J. Fox’s new television show, which is currently untitled, is expected to arrive on the small screen sometime next year.