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Golden Globe award winning actor Michael J. Fox is slated to star in a new series which focuses on a newscaster dealing with Parkinson’s disease, a disease Fox has battled with since 1991.
News of the series, which will can be seen on NBC this fall, was first announced at the 2013 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Huffington Post reports. NBC President of Entertainment, Jennifer Stalke, discussed the series in the making saying, “It's an incredible show. Michael came in and pitched us the show and it was basically completely inspired by his life as a husband and father and family man who's grappling with his disease.”
Stalke went on to explain what viewers can expect with the pilot which features him “coming back into the seat at the news with a special interest story and a lot of fun guest casting and the family rallying around him. He approaches his life and his work with a lot of irreverence and he laughs at himself."
The untitled series will be written by Say Laybourne and directed by Will Gluck.
NBC is currently aiming for the series to be viewed on Thursday’s where 30 Rock and The Office once reigned, The Associated Press reports.
Thus far, no other names are attached to the series. The AP notes that actresses are currently meeting this coming week to see who could potentially play Fox’s wife in the series.