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Michael J Fox fights illness to return to TV with new series

Michael J Fox fights illness to return to TV with new series
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In news that will please his many fans, Michael J Fox is planning to star in a new TV series 12 years after he left the hit sitcom Spin City to fight Parkinson's disease.

The 51-year-old actor, who rose to fame in the 1980s on the TV show Family Ties and in the Back To The Future films, will return with a prime-time comedy from Sony Pictures Television in 2013, sources close to the project have revealed.

Michael is working with Easy A director Will Gluck and Arrested Development and Cougar Town writer Sam Laybourne on the project, which is understood to be "inspired by Fox's own life", US website Vulture reports.

Major networks in the US are fighting to win the show, with one network already offering a full series (almost all shows are given a pilot episode before getting the go-ahead for a series).

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and started The Michael J Fox Foundation in 2000 to fund research into finding a cure for the disease.

He has gradually taken on more acting roles, including recent guest appearances on The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In May, Michael told the US' ABC News that a new drug regimen has helped him to "control the facial tics" he has as a result of Parkinson's, enabling him to do more acting.


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